Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short term, goal oriented, structured and focused therapeutic approach that helps clients learn how to recognize the situations that cause them problems, avoid them when appropriate and utilize healthier coping skills when avoidance is not an option. In regards to its delivery, CBT can be used with both individual and group settings and can be used compatibly with other treatment modalities. CBT’s core components include the functional analysis and skills training. These two processes provide direction in identifying the client’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs and attempt to make them more pro-social. Skills training is vital to the therapeutic process in that it allows the clients a venue to practice their new coping skills and thought processes with direction. CBT has been extensively evaluated and the evidence gathered supports effectiveness with substance abusers. Several research studies have shown that CBT interventions have demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials conducted and was proven most effective when combined with medication management.