Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Addiction in Clovis, CA

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Addiction is a complex and debilitating issue that affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It can have devastating effects on one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, as well as their relationships and overall quality of life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for addiction has emerged as an effective treatment option, offering a holistic approach that addresses both the underlying causes and patterns of addictive behavior.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It aims to identify and change negative patterns of thinking and behavior that contribute to psychological distress. CBT is based on the principle that our thoughts influence our feelings and actions, and by changing our thoughts, we can change our behaviors and emotions.

This therapy approach typically involves structured sessions with a trained therapist who helps the individual identify negative or distorted thinking patterns and develop more realistic and helpful ways of thinking. These new thought patterns are then put into practice through behavioral exercises, such as homework assignments or role-playing scenarios.

CBT is effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and substance abuse. It can also help individuals manage chronic pain and improve their overall quality of life.

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Benefits of CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing negative patterns of thinking and behavior. It is a highly effective treatment for many mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Here are some of the benefits of CBT:

Helps Identify and Change Negative Thinking Patterns

CBT helps individuals recognize their negative thoughts and how they impact their emotions and behaviors. The therapist works with the individual to challenge these thoughts and replace them with more rational and positive ones.

Unlike traditional individual counseling and group therapy, CBT provides practical strategies that individuals can use to cope with their symptoms in real-life situations. These strategies can include relaxation techniques, problem-solving skills, and exposure exercises.

CBT is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. This approach empowers the individual to take an active role in their treatment by setting goals, tracking progress, and practicing new skills outside of sessions.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. The therapist works with the client to understand their unique experiences and develop a treatment plan that addresses their specific challenges.

Through CBT, individuals learn effective coping skills that they can use when faced with challenging situations or triggers for their mental health issues. This leads to better overall emotional resilience.

CBT is based on scientific research and has been proven to be an effective treatment for various mental health disorders. This gives individuals confidence in its effectiveness.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, consider engaging in our evidence-based therapies to experience the benefits for yourself.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help with Substance Abuse and Addiction?

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction addresses the underlying causes and triggers of addictive behaviors. CBT for substance abuse helps individuals identify and change their self-destructive thoughts and actions, ultimately leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

  1. Identifying Negative Thought Patterns: One of the main principles of CBT for substance abuse is to identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to addiction. This can include beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” or “I need alcohol/drugs to cope”. By examining these thoughts, individuals can learn to replace them with more positive and realistic ways of thinking.
  2. Managing Triggers: CBT for substance abuse also helps individuals identify and manage triggers that lead to using drugs or alcohol. Triggers can be anything from stress, negative emotions, or certain people or situations. By learning coping mechanisms and developing healthier ways of dealing with stress, individuals can reduce their reliance on substances.
  3. Developing Coping Skills: Cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction teaches individuals skills for managing cravings and urges to use substances. This may include relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and problem-solving skills. By learning these skills, individuals are better equipped to handle difficult situations without turning to drugs or alcohol.
  4. Addressing Underlying Issues: Substance abuse often stems from deeper underlying issues such as trauma, low self-esteem, or mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. CBT for substance abuse helps individuals address these issues by exploring their past experiences and developing strategies for healthily managing them.
  5. Setting Achievable Goals: In cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction, therapists work with individuals to set achievable goals for recovery. This may involve breaking down larger goals into smaller, attainable ones. By focusing on small victories along the way, individuals can build confidence in their ability to overcome substance abuse.

CBT for substance abuse provides individuals struggling with addiction with the tools they need for long-term recovery.  It is often used in combination with other treatments, such as our residential treatment care, to provide a comprehensive approach to treating substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, consider seeking help from a trained therapist who specializes in CBT.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at First Steps Recovery

At First Steps Recovery, we provide cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction and substance abuse. Our goal is to equip each client with the tools they need to maintain long-term recovery from addiction. We believe that incorporating CBT for substance abuse into our comprehensive treatment approach can significantly improve our clients’ chances of successful recovery.

Contact us to learn more about how cognitive behavioral therapy for addiction can be a valuable tool on the journey toward sobriety.

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Variety of Evidence-Based Therapies We Offer

We offer a variety of holistic therapies to our clients, both experiential and evidence-based. These therapies help our clients to get in touch with their minds and bodies while undergoing treatment, promoting a sense of peace and wellness.
Individual Therapy

During individual therapy sessions, clients will interact with licensed and trained counselors to work through underlying issues that may be contributing to their drug or alcohol addiction.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known as CBT) has been clinically proven to help clients with a wide range of problems, including substance abuse.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (or DBT) is another common form of talk therapy that is found in many substance abuse treatment programs. 

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Trauma Informed Therapy

During trauma-informed therapy sessions, clients are able to talk with a specialist who accounts for their past trauma and the way it may have affected their thinking, behavior, and ability to interact with treatment.

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Brainspotting is a type of alternative therapy that utilizes spots in a person's field of vision in order to help them process trauma.

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Neuro Feedback

Neuro Feedback is a type of noninvasive therapy that helps clients to alter the way their brain responds to certain types of stimuli.

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Family Systems Therapy

Family counseling is one of the best ways to reconnect with family members who are affected by addiction and mend the relationship between a client and their family. 

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Group Therapy

With our treatment approach, we help you get to the deeper roots of what’s driving your addiction. Through sharing and listening, the groups become a source of motivation, accountability, and real change.

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Offering Innovation & Excellence in Addiction Treatment, Fresno County

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Medical Detox

Our detoxification program features 24-hour monitoring and professional guidance from licensed detox technicians.
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Residential Treatment Care (RTC)

A highly individualized treatment experience designed for lasting sobriety using evidence-based and holistic treatment options.
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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP allows you to continue your addiction treatment program without residing at the inpatient facility.
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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our IOP offers individuals the ability to receive the high-quality, personalized level care of our rehab, but the flexibility to continue their daily lives.
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Individuals in the alumni program are invited to stay connected for meetings, events, and resources that are intended specifically for First Steps graduates.
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First Choice for Drug & Alcohol Detox in Fresno County

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My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

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I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

Bruce G.

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