At Gateway Foundation Gurnee, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) plays a significant role in the recovery process. CBT is considered an effective treatment for addiction and can help prevent relapse and improve the quality of your life.

The Connection Between Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

a man smiles thinking about the impact cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT has had on his lifeCBT emphasizes the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. While your thoughts can have a strong influence on how you feel and behave, it is also true that your behaviors and emotions can similarly impact how you think. From a cognitive-behavioral perspective, learning experiences are thought to play a significant role in shaping the conclusions that you make and the development of unhealthy behavioral patterns, such as substance misuse. The goal of CBT is to help you identify and change such patterns.

Many clients in recovery engage in self-defeating behaviors, thoughts, and actions. For example, some clients may put themselves in challenging situations that might lead to relapse. Others might make a habit of taking on too much at work, leading to overwhelming stress. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to recovery is an all-or-nothing mentality. Although it is important to envision success, setbacks can happen. If after a setback, you have the thought “I’m a failure,” it can lead you to experience feelings of guilt and shame. These feelings may in turn lead you to give up on your goals. It is therefore important to view such experiences as learning opportunities, make peace with them, and move on.

Developing Recovery Skills

CBT is offered at Gateway Foundation Gurnee in both group and individual formats. Therapists at Gateway Foundation Gurnee will work collaboratively with you to help you develop the recovery knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable you to achieve lasting success. For example, while participating in CBT, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and effectively manage situations or experiences that are personal to you that may trigger your desire to use
  • Utilize effective craving management strategies, including classic distraction techniques and mindfulness-based skills, such as Urge Surfing
  • Communicate assertively so that you can politely turn down offers to use substances and build healthy relationships with people that may be supportive of your recovery, such as family members, friends, and members of local community support groups.
  • Think more positively and change dysfunctional beliefs that could lead to relapse
  • Utilize relaxation strategies and other healthy coping mechanisms to help you better manage your internal triggers, such as negative or painful emotions.

Personalized Treatment For You

At Gateway Foundation Gurnee, you can participate in CBT, as well as a wide range of other therapies, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)—DBT can help you learn how to better manage strong emotions, self-destructive behaviors, and demanding interpersonal situations. With targeted therapies and treatment methods that are best suited to your personality and lifestyle, you will find it easier to stay on track and plan for a recovery-based future. In addition to CBT, some of the most effective addiction treatment therapies and recovery strategies include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has the potential to help you experience improved emotional health and more constructive ways of leading the life you want to live. Addiction treatment staff at Gateway Foundation in Gurnee, Illinois, are eager to give you the strength you need to recover. Call 847.473.6233 to learn more about the right recovery program for you.