Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a beneficial technique we use in treatment here at Rock Recovery Center. With its proven effectiveness, it gives our patients a guiding light at the end of the tunnel. We believe CBT is a great way to skyrocket even further into recovery. 

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy used to promote mental health stability. Through years of training and countless studies, CBT has been developed to effectively bring awareness and change to thought processes. It has been proven to help treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, general emotional issues and addiction. 

How Does it Work?

CBT is a short-term approach to treating serious mental conditions and issues, and it usually only requires 10 to 20 sessions. During these sessions, therapists show their patients how to identify triggers and situations that may be behind their addiction. The therapists are then able to show each patient how to correct their distorted perceptions.

A big part of CBT is keeping a record through the therapy to identify patterns. Most of the time, this is done through a “CBT Journal.” By having physical proof of these patterns, they are more easily understood and can be corrected. 

The Four Steps of CBT

There are four key steps to follow during CBT. These include:

Pinpointing Difficult Situations or Conditions

These will be major life events that the patient will describe as negatively impacting their lives. Examples of these can be loss of loved ones, medical conditions, mental illness, career changes, etc. By pinpointing these events, our therapists can help the patient find new ways of looking at the situations they have faced.

Emotional Awareness

Once these events have been identified, therapists will go into detail about how the patient feels about the situations. They’ll learn how it’s impacted a patient’s thoughts and feelings about themselves, and how their actions may line up with a certain situation of their past. The way a patient feels will determine the course of action moving forward with CBT.

Recognizing Inaccurate or Negative Thoughts and Feelings

Once feelings have been brought into the picture, the therapist will then ask the patients how they think the situations may have negatively affected them. This can be through their own self-image, their beliefs, their actions, etc. Pinpointing these negative reactions will then allow the patient to recognize patterns within their behaviors.

Change of Thoughts and Behaviors

Correcting patterns of behavior will be the final and hardest step in the CBT process. Because a patient may have held onto these behaviors for a long time, they can be hard to release. Even though this will be a tough process, it eventually will come easily to the patient with practice.

How Does CBT Benefit Your Future?

Our therapists at Rock Recovery Center want to make your stay here at our facility as quick and easy as possible. CBT is a great way to do this. It can benefit your future in a lot of different ways.

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The benefits of CBT are endless. They allow our patients to gain a new perspective on their lives and what they are capable of. It opens up their worlds to so many possibilities. Some of the benefits include:

  • Emotional management
  • Structure and routine development
  • Quick and effective treatment
  • Return of normal sleeping patterns
  • Overcoming trauma like sexual or physical abuse

Who Would Be a Good Candidate for CBT for Substance Use?

The type of individual who would do well in CBT is someone who has specific issues and behaviors they would like to change. They also have to be self-disciplined and structured in their treatment plans. CBT has been found to be extremely effective for the right individual. 

If you start CBT with us at Rock Recovery and realize it isn’t a perfect fit, do not be afraid to tell your therapist. 

How to Get the Most Out of CBT Sessions

To get the most of our CBT sessions, it’s important to remember that keeping an open relationship with your therapist is key. Allowing them to understand how you are feeling throughout the process will only make it easier. The more you open up and share and the more you retain, the more your life will be positively impacted by the methods used.

Do Your Homework

Because cognitive behavioral therapy is all about goal-oriented psychotherapy, therapists usually give their patients assignments. Working on the lessons learned after your sessions are over can be extremely beneficial. Some exercises and activities that will be used can include:

  • Journaling
  • Behavior and thought challenges
  • Introspective exposure
  • Fear exposure
  • Acknowledging positivity throughout the day
  • Mindfulness meditation

Give Grace, and Know it Takes Time to See Results

CBT is a great way to quickly see results in sessions. In some cases, though, it may take individuals longer to start noticing changes within their lifestyles and mindset. When this happens, our therapists at Rock Recovery encourage them to give themselves grace. Hard work and dedication will pay off when using this type of therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Dialectical Behavior Therapy

CBT and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), can be used simultaneously in many cases. Although they have similar backgrounds, they are very different in approach. 

DBT Techniques and How They Differ from CBT

Dialectical behavior therapy is actually a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is used to further improve the behaviors and concepts learned in CBT. While CBT focuses more on the thoughts and feelings of individuals, DBT puts more emphasis on how a person interacts with others. This can be done through observing their romantic relationships, friendships, family dynamics and even their workplace. DBT is most often used for those who react more intensely to situations than the average person. It also utilizes group sessions to bring certain techniques into play.

Partnering Other Therapies with CBT

While CBT is great on its own to treat addiction, it’s even better when partnered with the other therapies. Some of the ones we offer at Rock Recovery Center include:


Individual therapy is described as therapy with just a patient and their counselor. The counselor works one-on-one with the patient to understand where their behaviors and habits started. They dive deep into their past to bring light to any trauma that may have happened and how it affected them. This is the type of therapy that is used to also treat any co-existing mental health disorders that the patient may be diagnosed with.


In group therapy, a counselor will guide a discussion among three to four patients, while some groups involve up to 12 patients. When this group meets consistently with the same therapist, trust develops, leading to opening up and sharing of experiences. Patients will usually practice exercises like role play, which greatly help in overcoming addiction.


Family therapy allows the therapist to sit down with each family member, as well as the patient. They collect all of the background information on the addiction and then bring the family members together for a group session. During these sessions, each member is able to express how the patient’s addiction affected them. They can start to rebuild their relationships and bond through these sessions.


We offer adventure therapy for those who don’t respond well to sitting inside for the duration of their treatments. We want to give our patients the chance to experience new things and develop new hobbies once they leave treatment. The activities in adventure therapy also give our patients a chance to learn problem-solving and teamwork skills.


We believe addiction is all about the state-of-mind you’re in. In order to get their minds the right place, we have realized they also need to get active. We offer fitness therapies for this reason. Each of these encourages our patients to get active and boost their endorphin production, which in turn makes them happier.

Why Choose Rock Recovery Center?

There are many reasons to consider Rock Recovery Center if you’re needing addiction therapy in South Florida. Our staff are all highly trained and compassionate. Each one comes to our facilities every day wanting to help their patients in any way they can.

We offer many different types of therapies that other facilities don’t. Because of this, we are able to accept clients that may be turned away from other centers. Our goal is to be able to help all of those in need of recovery from their addiction, no matter how severe it is!


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If you believe the techniques used in CBT are right for your type of addiction, look no further. Our therapists will provide you with comprehensive techniques and strategies to get you through these tough times. All that’s stopping you is yourself.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today for more information. Our staff is more than willing to answer any questions you have and get the process of recovery started as soon as possible!