Cognitive Behavioral Therapy During COVID-19

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns.

Engaging with a CBT program can help people reduce stress, cope with complicated relationships, deal with grief, and face many other common life challenges.

With the global pandemic drastically impacting all areas of our lives over the past year, there is heightened demand for cognitive behavioral therapy in OC.  COVID-19 therapy is something we could all do with after the demands of 2020.

What exactly is cognitive behavioral therapy, though?

What Is CBT?

CBT operates on the premise that the way you think about the events in your life, and the way in which you interpret these events impacts the way you behave and feel.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment that’s proven effective for many applications, including drug addiction treatment.

CBT is a goal-oriented approach that’s also problem-specific. You’ll focus on the challenges you face today rather than probing your past.

This form of treatment is time-limited, so you’ll know exactly where you stand before commencing your course of therapy. Often, CBT involves roughly 20 sessions one-on-one with a therapist. This is by no means always the case, though.

While CBT is usually delivered individually, it can also be administered in group settings.

A collaborative therapy, you’ll need to work closely with your counselor for best results.

How Is CBT Used for Addiction Treatment?

A cognitive behavioral therapy program can be used to treat addiction to drink or drugs with a generally favorable outcome.

You can also find the option of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression if you’re suffering from a co-occurring mental health disorder.

If you choose to engage with CBT, what’s on the menu?

What Can You Expect from CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy includes two core elements at heart:

  • Exploring your mental health condition
  • Learning then implanting coping techniques such as stress management, assertiveness, relaxation to resist cravings to use drink or drugs

During your first CBT session, your therapist will gather as much information as possible as well as establishing the most pressing concerns that you’d like to address. You’ll be asked questions relating to your emotional health, both past and present, so your therapist can gain a good initial understanding of your situation. The therapist may raise the issue of medication-assisted treatment if appropriate. 

By the end of your first CBT session, you should have a clear understanding of your therapist’s approach as well as the goals and length of your proposed treatment program.

You should be patient and expect your therapist to take several sessions to get to grips with your situation and your concerns. If you don’t feel like you have the right connection with a therapist, look for another therapist.

Initially, you might find it hard to open up about your thoughts and feelings, as well as the things weighing on your mind. As you progress, you should become more confident doing this with the help of a good therapist.

You may be asked to complete homework or assignments during a CBT program. Remember, this is a hands-on and goal-oriented method of solving problems that might otherwise lead you to relapse. Be prepared to do some work if you want the best results from CBT.

On an ongoing basis, you’ll be encouraged to apply what you learn in CBT sessions to your daily life as appropriate.

COVID-19 Therapy: Consider CBT

Over the past year, everyone has seen their stress levels rise. The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that things entirely beyond our control can change life, suddenly and dramatically.

Anxiety, fear, and depression have been common responses, and for many people, self-medicating through drink or drugs has led to dependence and addiction.

Global lockdowns have been responsible for people being forced to isolate at home, often becoming lonely and depressed. These feelings are inflamed by the prevailing sense of uncertainty.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be useful during these challenging times, both as a means of examining your thoughts and feelings, and also of exploring and using coping techniques to help you live as normally as possible, even if things couldn’t be further from normal.

CBT is grounded on the premise that you should focus on things you can control and manage. You can also look at unhelpful thinking that you should avoid.

Whether you’re looking to address substance abuse, depression, or both, CBT is well worth considering as the pandemic remains unresolved.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Renaissance Recovery

If you’ve found yourself challenging by depression or substance abuse as a result of the stressors of the past year, you’re not alone. And, you don’t need to pursue recovery alone either. 

Here at Renaissance Recovery Center, you can undergo courses of cognitive behavioral therapy as part of many of our addiction treatment programs. It all starts with that first phone call, so reach out now at 866.330.9449.

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