We practice a very comprehensive form of treatment for our patients suffering from alcohol or narcotic dependence, combining the pharmacology with the exploration of the emotional roots of their illness. Dr. Regine Feuer will integrate the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in each of her sessions and use selective interventions to help patients get rid of their risky behaviors. Patients actively participate in the process and are given material and homework to help shed light on their emotional functioning.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a strategy that helps people cope with their emotions born from their automatic thoughts. Our patients are exploring, learning and practicing new skills.
Why Do We Use CBT in Patients with Substance Use Disorders?
- Substance Use Disorder is often associated with mood dysfunctions such as depression or anxiety.
- Both depression and anxiety can be a significant trigger in substance abuse, and a successful recovery will be closely linked to improving those issues.
- Evidence-based medicine has shown that psychological disorders, such as depression or anxiety, involve maladaptive thinking.
- Feelings and behaviors are determined by the an individual interprets certain situations.
- Cognitive therapy helps patients overcome difficulties by recognizing and changing dysfunctional thinking.
- Changes in thinking will likely help achieve changes in emotions and behavior.
We are always interpreting (or misinterpreting) the meaning of what goes on around us. These interpretations are based on our core beliefs developed over the years and shaped by our previous experiences. These interpretations strongly affect our emotional states even though they may be inaccurate. The skill of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach us to step back from our thoughts, challenge their accuracy and develop a more rational perspective. With training and guidance from their doctor, the patient will be able to recognize: “I am having this thought, and this thought is not necessarily accurate and not very useful…” throughout their day, and doing so will lead to the ability of improving their emotional well-being.