Cognitive Behavioral Therapy During Recovery

 

When it comes to addiction recovery, there are no silver bullets. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to help people with substance abuse. It is important to understand that every patient should get their own individualized treatment plan to help them achieve long-term sobriety. These treatment programs should be based on multiple aspects of the patient's life including substances being used, medical history, and more.

 

With that said, there are still a few consistent portions of the treatment process including psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most useful and recommended portions of treatment. There are a number of different forms of psychotherapy that can be used during treatment to help patients with their specific problems and help them achieve long-term sobriety. One of the most common forms of psychotherapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. 

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is one of the most effective forms of therapy for people with mental health and substance abuse disorders who are in rehab. During CBT, patients will work with clinicians to identify specific thought patterns, patterns that may be leading them to use substances. 

 

Upon identifying these destructive thought patterns, therapists will then assist the patient with helping them learn how to change these thoughts to something more conducive with their recovery. Essentially, CBT is a way that patients can work with their therapist to reduce the chance of relapse.

 

Overall, CBT is meant to do a number of things including:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness
  • Prevent relapses
  • Learn coping techniques
  • Ideal ways to manage emotions and more

 

During CBT patients are encouraged to open up and talk about thoughts and feelings that they may be dealing with or are troubling them. The goal of this is to help the patient gain more confidence and comfort after talking with the therapist and coming up with a way to deal with these feelings that may be inhibiting their recovery.

 

Along with CBT, there are a number of other different forms of therapy and counseling that are in place to help patients who are suffering from substance abuse and other underlying mental health disorders.

For example, therapies such as motivational interviewing, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and dialectical-behavioral therapy are all helpful forms of therapy that can help patients with specific problems that they are facing. 

 

Despite how effective these forms of therapy can be, it is essential that people understand that the best approach to treatment is a multi-pronged one. You can’t rely on one thing to heal somebody, you need to look at multiple avenues. Overall, the more you learn about addiction and the way it works, the more you will understand treatment methods and their effectiveness.

 

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Tina Cain posted:
Michael Harrell posted:

Hi Matthew. Love the overview of the healing modalities. Good stuff. The only drawback that I see is the scale needed for the need. How many practitioners are needed to scale up to say 2/3 of all the children and adults in America?  If we are talking roughly 200 million clients.  And what would the logistics and cost be?  It seems that a healing modality that covers several pronged, done at home by one's self and can be done in large groups like school gymnasiums, churches, and in large venues. Plus this healing modality must be cheap or free.

I would like to offer you 4 tools/exercises to test out and see if they help. ( ACEs IMMUNITY ) Is it taboo to talk about healing ACEs and trauma? It seems like a basic goal to me even if it is a placebo, knowing healing can happen is a good thing. Lots have been done with the polyvagal theory of unfinished fight or flight reaction to stress and abuse. My first exercise is for finishing this fight or flight or "play dead" reaction that is stuck in our autonomic nervous system. I call it Finding Your Lion Heart. It is presented as an acting exercise to keep it one step away from your actual memories.  All CHM / Trauma is outer-directed and we are the victim.  This is inner-directed and we are always the victor.  As our wounding is a form of state-bound learning and imprinting we must get close to that original state to reverse and finish the F / F or Freeze event with a different outcome. ( all imaginary like a video game ) But our body reacts as if it was real plus we are in control. This is the reverse of being out of control. The side effects of Finding your Lion Heart is the end of fear, the end of anger and the end of pain and the end of being a victim.  ( they have a limit and are not infinite) Also when you let loose of your control of these primal emotions in private then you gain control in public. Then it is with the end of pain that self-compassion is born and then available to others. See ( https://www.stephenporges.com/ )

 The second exercise Heart Light Meditation, is a high quality powerful connected breathing meditation. How to walk your head and mind down to your heart and be in your heart.  At the end when your heart is open you put what you love in your heart. In the first process at the end you destroy worlds. The world of pain and the world of abuse and the world of neglect and so on.  These worlds give you a world view and move your life to be always ready for F or F. So stay stuck in the original adverse set of experiences. So with Heart Light Meditation you put pictures in your heart. Start with Mother Earth from space then have a good image of the whole solar system and third have a whole image of a galaxy . Then what you love and like. kittens, kids, loved ones. Several images of your self healthy and happy at different ages. Flowers trees images of mountains. Over time you will have these images imprinted in your subconscious.  ( the opposite of having stress images floating around causing you to be defeated )

The third process is Polarity Flip Flops.  This goes directly to your body and trains your mind to feel the effects of each polarity.  Our trauma is held in our body subconsciously in the same place as how we walk.  Over time this exercise trains your body to recognize polarity and be able to move to the opposite with ease. Fear is a poll with an opposite. Stress is the same and on it goes with all subconscious unwanted behavior is really a single habit or reaching for only one poll. You only have to do this exercise 1-200 times ( over weeks or months) until you feel the four choices whenever you are stuck in one poll. You are giving your subconscious choices that your habits have kept hidden.

And the last process is Talking to the Parts of Self. This is also key and core to all our relationships outside our skin. Parents, kids, lovers, and business are all modeled on our inner relationships with the parts of self.  Think with this process you can increase your self-love 400% and intelligent decisions by 400% plus do all kinds of trust-building and conflict resolutions.  We become the therapist to the parts of ourself and this can be relationship therapy, family therapy, trust-building, healing past wounds, ( momma your trauma) and on it goes until you are good with all your parts of self. You do this process as needed until you come to see your Spirit, Heart, Will, and Body are your core and primary relationship.

The first 4 videos are the ACEs IMMUNITY process. The others are some few videos on why this works.

https://www.youtube.com/playli...gIhMEKCry7UgVofa0J-P

Speaking as one simple human to another... I do believe this is a spiritual battle.   I accept that this is all a part of God’s plan. 

Is the Heart Light Meditation like Heartfulness? Just curious. Thanks  

 

Hi Tina.

   Yes I do believe that Heart Light meditation and Heartfulness are very closely related. I was initiated into two different meditations, (Raja Yoga / Kriya Yoga)  and reached god realization. And then much later in life, I was initiated into Heart Light Meditation.  Heart Light Meditation is much more geared to embodiment from your heart and for clearing your inner being of what you do not want by replacing with what you do love and want.  Done in the morning before you start your day and in the evening at the end of the day an amazing thing happens. Your bed gets saturated with Chi and your body goes into the river of life automatically. One minor difference between Heartfulness is that the first three masters have died and a 4th is now teaching to millions I hope, but my teacher is 7000 years old and still has his body.. LOL I thought that was fun.   Truth is the absolute best meditation is the one you do every day.  Spirit, Heart, Will and Body know what to do with "any" meditation you do every day. 

Michael Harrell posted:

Hi Matthew. Love the overview of the healing modalities. Good stuff. The only drawback that I see is the scale needed for the need. How many practitioners are needed to scale up to say 2/3 of all the children and adults in America?  If we are talking roughly 200 million clients.  And what would the logistics and cost be?  It seems that a healing modality that covers several pronged, done at home by one's self and can be done in large groups like school gymnasiums, churches, and in large venues. Plus this healing modality must be cheap or free.

I would like to offer you 4 tools/exercises to test out and see if they help. ( ACEs IMMUNITY ) Is it taboo to talk about healing ACEs and trauma? It seems like a basic goal to me even if it is a placebo, knowing healing can happen is a good thing. Lots have been done with the polyvagal theory of unfinished fight or flight reaction to stress and abuse. My first exercise is for finishing this fight or flight or "play dead" reaction that is stuck in our autonomic nervous system. I call it Finding Your Lion Heart. It is presented as an acting exercise to keep it one step away from your actual memories.  All CHM / Trauma is outer-directed and we are the victim.  This is inner-directed and we are always the victor.  As our wounding is a form of state-bound learning and imprinting we must get close to that original state to reverse and finish the F / F or Freeze event with a different outcome. ( all imaginary like a video game ) But our body reacts as if it was real plus we are in control. This is the reverse of being out of control. The side effects of Finding your Lion Heart is the end of fear, the end of anger and the end of pain and the end of being a victim.  ( they have a limit and are not infinite) Also when you let loose of your control of these primal emotions in private then you gain control in public. Then it is with the end of pain that self-compassion is born and then available to others. See ( https://www.stephenporges.com/ )

 The second exercise Heart Light Meditation, is a high quality powerful connected breathing meditation. How to walk your head and mind down to your heart and be in your heart.  At the end when your heart is open you put what you love in your heart. In the first process at the end you destroy worlds. The world of pain and the world of abuse and the world of neglect and so on.  These worlds give you a world view and move your life to be always ready for F or F. So stay stuck in the original adverse set of experiences. So with Heart Light Meditation you put pictures in your heart. Start with Mother Earth from space then have a good image of the whole solar system and third have a whole image of a galaxy . Then what you love and like. kittens, kids, loved ones. Several images of your self healthy and happy at different ages. Flowers trees images of mountains. Over time you will have these images imprinted in your subconscious.  ( the opposite of having stress images floating around causing you to be defeated )

The third process is Polarity Flip Flops.  This goes directly to your body and trains your mind to feel the effects of each polarity.  Our trauma is held in our body subconsciously in the same place as how we walk.  Over time this exercise trains your body to recognize polarity and be able to move to the opposite with ease. Fear is a poll with an opposite. Stress is the same and on it goes with all subconscious unwanted behavior is really a single habit or reaching for only one poll. You only have to do this exercise 1-200 times ( over weeks or months) until you feel the four choices whenever you are stuck in one poll. You are giving your subconscious choices that your habits have kept hidden.

And the last process is Talking to the Parts of Self. This is also key and core to all our relationships outside our skin. Parents, kids, lovers, and business are all modeled on our inner relationships with the parts of self.  Think with this process you can increase your self-love 400% and intelligent decisions by 400% plus do all kinds of trust-building and conflict resolutions.  We become the therapist to the parts of ourself and this can be relationship therapy, family therapy, trust-building, healing past wounds, ( momma your trauma) and on it goes until you are good with all your parts of self. You do this process as needed until you come to see your Spirit, Heart, Will, and Body are your core and primary relationship.

The first 4 videos are the ACEs IMMUNITY process. The others are some few videos on why this works.

https://www.youtube.com/playli...gIhMEKCry7UgVofa0J-P

Speaking as one simple human to another... I do believe this is a spiritual battle.   I accept that this is all a part of God’s plan. 

Is the Heart Light Meditation like Heartfulness? Just curious. Thanks  

 

Hi Matthew. Love the overview of the healing modalities. Good stuff. The only drawback that I see is the scale needed for the need. How many practitioners are needed to scale up to say 2/3 of all the children and adults in America?  If we are talking roughly 200 million clients.  And what would the logistics and cost be?  It seems that a healing modality that covers several pronged, done at home by one's self and can be done in large groups like school gymnasiums, churches, and in large venues. Plus this healing modality must be cheap or free.

I would like to offer you 4 tools/exercises to test out and see if they help. ( ACEs IMMUNITY ) Is it taboo to talk about healing ACEs and trauma? It seems like a basic goal to me even if it is a placebo, knowing healing can happen is a good thing. Lots have been done with the polyvagal theory of unfinished fight or flight reaction to stress and abuse. My first exercise is for finishing this fight or flight or "play dead" reaction that is stuck in our autonomic nervous system. I call it Finding Your Lion Heart. It is presented as an acting exercise to keep it one step away from your actual memories.  All CHM / Trauma is outer-directed and we are the victim.  This is inner-directed and we are always the victor.  As our wounding is a form of state-bound learning and imprinting we must get close to that original state to reverse and finish the F / F or Freeze event with a different outcome. ( all imaginary like a video game ) But our body reacts as if it was real plus we are in control. This is the reverse of being out of control. The side effects of Finding your Lion Heart is the end of fear, the end of anger and the end of pain and the end of being a victim.  ( they have a limit and are not infinite) Also when you let loose of your control of these primal emotions in private then you gain control in public. Then it is with the end of pain that self-compassion is born and then available to others. See ( https://www.stephenporges.com/ )

 The second exercise Heart Light Meditation, is a high quality powerful connected breathing meditation. How to walk your head and mind down to your heart and be in your heart.  At the end when your heart is open you put what you love in your heart. In the first process at the end you destroy worlds. The world of pain and the world of abuse and the world of neglect and so on.  These worlds give you a world view and move your life to be always ready for F or F. So stay stuck in the original adverse set of experiences. So with Heart Light Meditation you put pictures in your heart. Start with Mother Earth from space then have a good image of the whole solar system and third have a whole image of a galaxy . Then what you love and like. kittens, kids, loved ones. Several images of your self healthy and happy at different ages. Flowers trees images of mountains. Over time you will have these images imprinted in your subconscious.  ( the opposite of having stress images floating around causing you to be defeated )

The third process is Polarity Flip Flops.  This goes directly to your body and trains your mind to feel the effects of each polarity.  Our trauma is held in our body subconsciously in the same place as how we walk.  Over time this exercise trains your body to recognize polarity and be able to move to the opposite with ease. Fear is a poll with an opposite. Stress is the same and on it goes with all subconscious unwanted behavior is really a single habit or reaching for only one poll. You only have to do this exercise 1-200 times ( over weeks or months) until you feel the four choices whenever you are stuck in one poll. You are giving your subconscious choices that your habits have kept hidden.

And the last process is Talking to the Parts of Self. This is also key and core to all our relationships outside our skin. Parents, kids, lovers, and business are all modeled on our inner relationships with the parts of self.  Think with this process you can increase your self-love 400% and intelligent decisions by 400% plus do all kinds of trust-building and conflict resolutions.  We become the therapist to the parts of ourself and this can be relationship therapy, family therapy, trust-building, healing past wounds, ( momma your trauma) and on it goes until you are good with all your parts of self. You do this process as needed until you come to see your Spirit, Heart, Will, and Body are your core and primary relationship.

The first 4 videos are the ACEs IMMUNITY process. The others are some few videos on why this works.

https://www.youtube.com/playli...gIhMEKCry7UgVofa0J-P

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