CBT is based on the theory that learning processes play a critical role in the development of unhealthy patterns linked with mental health and substance abuse problems. Generally speaking, CBT is used to help clients 1) identify and correct problematic or destructive behaviors by applying a variety of different coping/relapse prevention skills, and 2) evaluate and change unhelpful or self-defeating thought processes that are negatively influencing a client’s emotions or behaviors.
CBT consists of a collection of methods intended to enhance a person’s self-control. Specific techniques include a) exploring the positive and negative consequences of self-defeating thinking or using drugs and alcohol, b) self-monitoring to recognize drug cravings early on and to identify high-risk situations for use, and c) developing strategies for coping with and avoiding high-risk situations and the desire to use. A central part of this treatment is anticipating likely problems and helping patients develop coping strategies to address them before they occur.
The program is designed to support clients who have chronically relapsed with opiates and opioids. This program utilizes mindfulness, behavior modification, and cognitive behavioral therapy to increase probability of a client’s long term sobriety.
Length and Style of Treatment
6-week program (18 sessions), but the client is continuously evaluated in order to determine the right time to step down.
Groups meet 3 times per week for 3 hours each
Goals of Mindfulness-Based CBT for Opiate Users
To reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders by providing factual information about substance use disorders, causes, effective interventions, and recovery
To provide individuals with a basic introduction of the disease concept of addiction to better their understanding of substance use disorders
To learn mindfulness meditation techniques that can help the client focus on noticing thoughts, feelings, sensations,and non-judgmentally accepting these experiences rather than criticizing, judging, modifying, or suppressing them
To help individuals secure additional supportive community resources if needed
To assist individuals in building a support system that will strengthen their chances of long term sobriety
To provide individuals with the knowledge they require to identify the personal factors that increase their risk for relapse
To provide individual with a skill set that addresses distress tolerance, stress management, adaptive thinking, and craving management to support long term sobriety.