Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

For a long time, perhaps the last three or four decades, individuals who started to use professional therapy were asked to focus on their feelings as one of the primary cueing mechanisms for their substance abuse and addiction issues.

The medical profession adopted this concept which led to pharmaceutical companies and thousands of primary care doctors to the task of changing the way their troubled patients feel. As is evident today this unleashing of prescription drugs did go a long towards making their patients feel better, but also had a catastrophic impact on their patients’ total wellness. In an attempt to assist patients with their emotional condition, doctors began to combat mental health conditions and emotional crisis by prescribing some of the most powerful and addictive chemicals ever produced. This practice has created an unforeseen crisis of its own, where by the addiction recovery and rehabilitation industry are battling not only illicit drug use, but a massive number of people addicted to their legally obtained prescription medications. In the last decade our medical and pharmaceutical industries are beginning to limit the production and prescribing of addictive medications. However, the battle still rages.

However, the battle still rages.

Cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy have been researched, design and implemented as an extremely effective strategy in moving away from the emphasis on patient feelings and working with an intense focus on patient thinking as the core cuing mechanism for feelings.

As residents of Seven Ponds learn and apply the cognitive model, they bring it from therapy sessions to their daily routine with the focus on building a data base of drug-free thinking, all of which represents a link in the chain of events that perpetuates their drug use.