Addiction treatment has many facets. Some addiction treatment programs utilize holistic methods, meaning that therapists use them to treat a person’s mind, body, and soul after addiction. Alternatively, other therapies may be evidence-based. In other words, treatment specialists have developed these methods and tested them to make sure they can effectively treat addiction. One of these evidence-based therapies is rational emotive behavior therapy, or REBT. To learn how rational emotive behavior therapy can aid your addiction treatment, contact Garden Heights Recovery today.

What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

group participates in a rational emotive behavior therapy sessionRational emotive behavior therapy, otherwise known as REBT, is a form of psychotherapy. At its core, the goal of this therapy is to help you let go of faulty, irrational beliefs, and accept yourself. Once you attain this goal, you can live a happier life.

It allows you to identify your self-defeating thoughts and feelings. Once you’ve recognized these thoughts and feelings, you can challenge their rationality and replace them with positive beliefs. During rational emotive behavior therapy, you focus predominantly on the emotions you’re feeling at present. It also shows you how your thoughts and ideas can cause emotional distress. This distress, in turn, can lead to unhealthy behaviors and actions that impede your life goals.

Rational emotive behavior therapy can help you handle negative emotions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Extreme anger
  • Depression

Your therapist will help you identify your negative thought patterns that prevent you from moving forward. Through REBT, you can see how these thoughts and behaviors are irrational and destructive. You work on replacing these negative thoughts with healthy, positive ones.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy at Garden Heights Recovery

At Garden Heights Recovery, we use a variety of therapeutic options in conjunction with rational emotive behavioral therapy. For instance, your therapist may develop a treatment plan that combines this therapy with other evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy. When these therapies work in conjunction with each other, you can truly let go of the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have driven you to addiction. By learning about and practicing new coping mechanisms, you can replace your old behaviors with positive, healthy ones.

Addiction treatment therapies are part of both our intensive outpatient treatment program and our outpatient treatment program at Garden Heights Recovery. Our intensive outpatient program is ideal for someone who wants to get addiction treatment without abandoning their home and work responsibilities. When you enroll in an intensive outpatient treatment program, you attend therapy a few times a week. That therapy may include rational emotive behavior therapy, in addition to other holistic or evidence-based treatments. When you finish therapy for the day, you can return home and fulfill your obligations.

However, intensive outpatient treatment is not right for everyone. If that is the case, an outpatient addiction treatment program may be a better fit for you. When you enroll in an outpatient treatment program, you attend group therapy once or twice a week and individual therapy as needed.

At Garden Heights Recovery, our goal is to help you overcome your addiction. We offer treatment programs for a variety of addictions, including:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Opioid addiction

To learn more about how rational emotive behavior therapy can assist in your addiction treatment, contact Garden Heights Recovery today at 201.275.1163.