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Counseling for Recovery

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Counseling plays an important role in the recovery process of patients suffering from various kinds of substance abuse disorder. It is incorporated in the rehabilitation programs and is an important factor in their success.
In many ways substance abuse disorder is a thought disorder. It is common for these individuals to have destructive, negative thinking. It is very important to recognize these thought patterns and to address the underlying mental issues but also address the inherent component of thought distortion through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT addresses harmful thought patterns and helps clients recognize their ability to practice alternative ways of thinking. It also helps address distressing emotions and minimizes the scope
of harmful behavior. As we know, CBT is a present-oriented, problem-focused, and goal-directed counseling technique and it can be very effective in helping patients with substance abuse disorder. It explores the patient’s patterns of behavior leading to self-destructive actions. It allows patients
and therapists to work together in a therapeutic relationship to identify harmful thought patterns and fix them through dedistortion.
When dealing with patients of substance abuse disorder, the biggest challenge is that of negative thinking. It is the biggest hurdle in recovery. CBT is different from traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy because the patient and therapist actively work together to address this negative thinking. It is an active intervention, and the patient is expected to do
homework or practice outside of sessions. CBat in these patients has the main goal of modifying their patterns of thinking to improve coping skills.

A course of CBT sessions is relatively short term and can be offered in the preset rehab time frames lasting 30-days, 45-days or 90-days. Despite that, the CBT emphasizes on long-term maintenance. Therapists need to teach patients a new set of attitudes and skills on which to rely for the long run, which tend to improve patients’ sense of self-efficacy and lead to a reduction in life stressors that might otherwise increase the risk of relapse.
An important skill that is focused on is learning how to delay and distract in response to cravings, by engaging in constructive activities, such as writing, communicating with supportive others, going to meetings, etc. It also helps in identifying dysfunctional ways of thinking and thinking and writing effective responses. It takes cognitive reprogramming to get into practicing
a repertoire of appropriately assertive comments with which to politely turn down offers of a fix/drink. Another important skill learned is practicing the behaviors and attitudes of self-respect, and counteracting beliefs that belittle or undermine oneself and lead to feeling depressed and despondent. CBT’s main goal is to help patients in making lifestyle changes that support sobriety and self-efficacy, which includes having a healthy daily routine, controlling anger, engaging in meaningful hobbies, and promoting spirituality and serene activities. The patient’s response and involvement in CBT can vary some are quite committed to giving up their addictive behaviors, and are ready for change, but others are reluctant and even stubborn. It takes a skilful to identify this variation and adapt accordingly, which leads to a more
personalized approach and a higher chance of success.

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