A lot of people understand Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (once explained) but most potential clients ask “how do you do it in treatment?”  Here’s a little on some of the efforts made in treatment;  Cognitive Therapy talks about triggers; clients talk about feelings and thinking that leads to involvement in destructive behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction.  It also goes beyond talking.  Any good center that utilizes it will give strong educational homework like assignments that are given with expectations on how to relax and just be with your feelings.  “Lots of people with addiction hate being with feelings and they use these behaviors to escape uncomfortable feelings.  So Cognitive therapy will sort of focus on groups, individual sessions and bio feedback to help one regulate and stay with just uncomfortable feels and be able to manage without escaping them.” Dr. Marc Kern, Director of Addiction Alternatives.

Great news today…Makin Homes, LLC announced that they ARE keeping their sober living home for men.  One of our clients went there and loved it…he said it’s a beautiful home.  What he liked most about it was how professional the staff are…he said they really hold their boundaries.  I can’t wait to go check it out.

Since 2001 Meth has been the #1 drug of choice for all Utahns that went ot public substance-abuse treatment programs.  It accounted for 28% of the 18,985 admissions…scary huh?!?  Oh there’s more:

Meth is #1 choice for women.  It hits 36.8% of all admissions last year…alcohol was only 22% amongst women!

Source:  Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

And yet another report showing why Cognitive Therapy works…I was reading this today from the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.  It fits the mold we love so much!

“CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response.  It is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations and events.”  Check this next statement out…”The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel/act better even if the situation does not change!”  Sounds familiar…I’m loving that this is our model.

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