Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Addiction Counseling
Locating Destructive Behavior and Understanding Why
Immersion’s clinical team is guided by the framework of the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and it’s congruence with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Immersion team members believe that once a client is physically free from substances of abuse that they can recover. This recovery is based on the fundamental challenging of each client’s thoughts and feelings as it relates to drugs and alcohol, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and other clinical issues that arise with each client.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that “the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind rather than in his body”. (BB p. 23) Once an alcoholic or addict is freed from the physical craving for alcohol and drugs, the feeling and thinking states of an alcoholic are confronted to develop coping strategies for relapse prevention, increased motivation, increased self-esteem, and increased self-worth. Examination of how personal cognition and emotional distress reinforce addictive, maladaptive behaviors is the core of both CBT and 12-Step models of treatment.
Throughout the 12-Step immersion process at IRC, the clinical team will help clients identify how their own personal history leads to assumptions about themselves and the world they live in, how “automatic thoughts” associated with negative emotions lead to negative thought patterns that drive addiction. IRC will focus on how negative thought patterns lead to “errors in logic” and or “self-dishonesty” which in turn lead to destructive behaviors. CBT, along with Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and other client centered approaches will be employed with client to direct each person to more positive behaviors which in turn will lead to more positive thinking and feeling states. In turn effects of self-esteem and self-worth. “Move a muscle, change a thought.”
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous correlates with CBT’s view on distorted thinking by means of a fourth step inventory. Specifically, the clinical team at IRC, guides client to self-examine their own selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear that fuels the addictive behavior. A shift from distorted to clear, realistic perceptions of self and the world are the premise of IRC’s clinical team.
Clients will be assigned a primary therapist who will work with them in various groups and individual sessions, employing clinical interventions that will allow client to recover.