Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Pain and Spine Specialists will utilize CBT with the goal of teaching recovering addicts how to find connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions, as well as increase awareness of how these impact recovery.

In addition to treating addiction, Pain and Spine Specialists (PASS) will use this technique to treat anxiety, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Cognitive behavioral therapy shows the patient that many of their harmful actions and emotions are not logical or rational, and that these feelings have triggers. PASS CBT will help recovering addicts pinpoint their negative “trigger” thoughts. A trigger, or otherwise known as an automatic thought, is based on an impulse and often comes from misconceptions and internalized feelings of self-doubt and fear. Many individuals struggling from addiction often self-medicate these painful thoughts and feelings by drinking or abusing drugs.

CBT therapy enables service recipients to reduce the pain caused by painful memories and to learn new, positive behaviors to replace their drug or alcohol use. Due to these negative thoughts often being a root cause of depression and anxiety disorders, a common co-occurring disorder, PASS will utilize CBT to help patients overcome drug addiction and alcoholism by:

  1. Providing a wide array of self-help tools to improve mood
  2. Teaching effective ways to communicate
  3. Helping to dismiss false beliefs and insecurities that lead to substance abuse

Skills that service recipients will be taught to utilize for managing triggers include:

  1. Recognize
    Identification of circumstances that lead to the use and addiction of drugs and/or drinking.
  2. Avoid
    Identification of when to remove oneself from trigger situations whenever possible or appropriate.
  3. Cope
    Use of cognitive behavioral techniques to address and alleviate emotions and thoughts that lead to substance abuse.

Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland will operate its addiction services in an out-patient facility. CBT exercises can be practiced outside the therapist’s office, which means that many recovering addicts can do CBT exercises on their own from home or in a group setting.

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