Addiction and substance abuse are sometimes a way to escape unhealthy negative emotions; what may start off as a “crutch” to get you through can become a persistent dependence, despite potentially harmful consequences. These substances are not just limited to the usual suspects but include:
- Compulsive spending
- Prescribed medication
CBT has shown to be valuable in treating addictive behaviors as part of an overall program of recovery; according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cognitive-behavioral treatments are one of the most frequently evaluated psychosocial approaches to treat substance use disorders.
We will work together to effectively overcome addictive behaviors, identifying the underlying emotion, learning to recognize situations in which you are most likely to turn to your “crutch”, and develop coping skills to avoid these circumstances and substitute for the harmful addictive behavior. Treatment plans may include twelve step programs, group work, family and religious interventions, and in serious cases referrals to in-patient clinics.