Hi everyone! We thought it might be a good idea this week to talk about the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and why we use it. The obvious advantage that I’m sure you’ve heard mentioned is that it is evidence-based. That means that research shows that it is most effective for the greatest number of people.
Here are some other reasons that we like CBT as an approach for substance use treatment:
1. CBT is instructive and hands on. It teaches the actual skills that you will use in your daily life and CBT encourages you to practice those skills!
2. CBT emphasizes getting better instead of feeling better. CBT will give you the skills to sustain recovery over periods of time and not just a “quick fix” for a limited amount of time.
3. CBT is short term. Most CBT interventions are designed for limited number of session and not on-going maintain therapy.
4. CBT is individualized. The skills are used by different people in different ways. Everyone figures out their own individual skills that work.
5. CBT is structured. Each session has a well-defined goal and will not turn into traditional “talk-therapy sessions”
6. CBT has well-defined goals and can be measured for effectiveness. This is why we ask you to periodically complete questionnaires.
7. CBT is present focused. We focus on the present problems and leave the past in the past.
What do you think of the CBT model? Do you believe it is effective? Post your answers and let’s have a discussion!
Corey Campbell is a clinician/trainer with the Human Service Center of Peoria, IL. All thoughts on this blog are representative of only Corey and do not reflect the Human Service Center.