New Brunswick, (PressExposure) June 02, 2008 -- Because of the growing concern of juvenile addiction to psychoactive substances such as alcohol and prohibited drugs, many forms of adolescent addiction treatment has been developed by numerous therapists. One popular approach to adolescent addiction treatment is the use of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid a client in problems of living. It aims to increase the individual's sense of well-being and reduce their subjective sense of discomfort. One popular form of psychotherapy used as treatment for alcohol and drug addiction is the cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT, as adolescent addiction treatment, is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to influence dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. CBT treatments have received empirical support for efficient treatment of a variety of clinical and non-clinical problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, and more popularly with substance abuse disorders.
It is used in individual therapy as well as group settings, and the techniques are also commonly adapted for self-help applications. Some CBT therapies are more oriented towards predominately cognitive interventions while some are more behaviorally oriented. In cognitive oriented therapies, the objective is typically to identify and monitor thoughts, assumptions, beliefs and behaviors that are related and accompanied to debilitating negative emotions and to identify those which are dysfunctional, inaccurate, or simply unhelpful. This is done in an effort to replace or transcend them with more realistic and useful ones.
Going through cognitive behavioral therapy generally is not an overnight process for clients. Even after clients have learned to recognize when and where their mental processes go awry, it can in some case take considerable time or effort to replace a dysfunctional cognitive-affective-behavioral process or habit with a more reasonable and adaptive one.
CBT With Adolescent
The use of CBT has been extended to children and adolescents with good results. It is often used to treat major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and symptoms related to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, though recently it has also been used as adolescent addiction treatment.
Aside from addiction, CBT has also been used with children and adolescents to treat a variety of conditions with good success. CBT is also used as a treatment modality for children who have experienced complex post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic maltreatment.