Many people think that detox automatically brings about sobriety. While detox is certainly an important first step in the addiction recovery process, it doesn’t combat the destructive behaviors that led to addiction. During individual counseling, therapists at Serenity Lodge rely upon cognitive behavioral therapy to change negative behaviors and encourage clients to proactively seek change.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) is a form of psychotherapy acknowledging a direct correlation between feelings and thoughts. It’s based on the premise that it’s not an event or situation that upsets individuals: rather, it’s the feelings and thoughts associated with the event that fuel their reactions. For a myriad of reasons, these emotions stem from irrational beliefs developed over a long period of time.
While undergoing CBT, our therapists and Guests work together to devise coping strategies to discourage negative behaviors.
Why We Address Coping Skills
While everyone inherently possesses coping skills, many Guests enter treatment with negative ones, including:
- Conflict Avoidance
At Serenity Lodge, our therapists aim to help clients deal with life’s obstacles in a more positive manner. We encourage positive coping skills, such as:
- Adapting negative emotions into positivity
- Journaling to express feelings
- Meditating to put the mind at peace
- Exercising to release endorphins
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Goal-Oriented in Nature
At Serenity Lodge, we don’t think of “recovery” as a destination. Rather, it’s a journey of discovery. We help each of our Guests learn newer, more productive ways of living without having to rely on substances. Our therapists address behaviors during their past addiction to move forward in a healthier, more positive direction.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a big piece of the recovery puzzle, and when combined with a comprehensive 12-Step Program and group and family counseling, it can go a long way in fostering sustainable recovery in a peaceful, non-judgmental environment.
To learn more about what Serenity Lodge can offer, call 866.379.4365.