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Importance Of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Treating Addiction

Addiction is a chronic disorder. It is caused due to many factors such as unprescribed and frequent use of certain medications, mental health conditions, family history, genetic predisposition, peer pressure and many more. But addiction is a treatable condition. The right kind of treatment helps the addicts to get out of the habit and lead a normal, drug-free life.

There are many rehab facilities that offer a variety of treatments to treat addiction. Some of the best drug rehab centers use cognitive behavioral therapy as a means to treat addiction. CBT is a highly successful form of treatment that helps the patients to deal with the emotional issues, identify the triggers and develop coping mechanism to stay away from addiction.

Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed to treat mental health conditions in children and young people. The therapy is also effective in treating conditions like anxiety and depression among adults. CBT combines the best aspects of behavior therapy and cognitive therapy and works on the principle that thoughts create emotions. If negative thoughts are eliminated through positive reinforcements, this leads to a change in behavior which ultimately creates positive emotions. Cognitive behavioral therapy also takes into account familial, emotional and peer influences while designing the treatment plans for individual patients.

CBT operates mainly on three techniques, modelling, self-instruction training and problem solving skills. Modelling involves learning positive behaviors by observing others. Self-instruction training aims to empower the participants with self-control techniques using self-talk. Problem solving skills involve identifying the thought process that lead to negative emotions and behaviors and replacing them with positive thoughts.  These three techniques combined together alter the mental condition of the patients and reduce their dependence on addictive substances.

Since the CBT treatment aims to change the thought process of the patients, it alters the innate beliefs of the addicts regarding addiction. CBT therapy develops positive reinforcement for abstinence and makes sobriety rewarding. The treatment plans at the best drug rehab centers involves CBT as their cornerstone because it imparts the necessary skills to the patients to cope with addiction and avoid relapse.

Almost all of the rehab programs use CBT to some extent in their treatment plans. The best drug rehab programs combine CBT with counselling, group therapy, and organic medications to provide maximum benefit to the patients.

American Addiction Centers Loses $7 Million Verdict

American Addiction Centers, a drug treatment company that runs several Southern California Rehab facilities has recently lost a verdict amounting to $7M.

The California jury that went to court against the company won the verdict, which is the biggest verdict in the state to date. The investigation team set for the case has been watching the center American Addiction Centers run in the Tampa Bay area, and has been reporting several problems regarding its operations for the past few weeks.

The biggest issue that brought this case to light was the suicide of Shaun Reyna, one of the patients in a Southern California Rehab facility run by American Addiction Centers, who committed suicide shortly after being admitted.

Attorney Jude Basile, representing the Reyna family, says that AAC was negligent in how they handled marketing and patient care, which they ran akin to a mass marketing program, complete with commissions and sales quotes and the like.

According to Basile, Shaun was only admitted for 20 hours before he gave in and took his own life. He was, to add, delusional and prone to hallucinations. The issue was that the facility put him, on his own, in a room with razor blades in close proximity.

The civil complaint that Basile forwarded claims that the AAC pressured sales people to get sales by any means necessary, and would outright fire people who failed to hit sales quotas.

Shaun Reyna suffered from depression, and turned to prescription medication and drinking in order to cope. He sought out help at American Addiction Centers, Inc. and was transported to a Southern California Rehab facility 360 miles from home, with the company confiscating his phone, and other personal items.

The complaint filed stated that Shaun never saw a doctor, or a psychiatrist and was never prescribed or cared for in any way. The staff even filed reports saying that Shaun was delusional and had symptoms of delirium tremens.

It was then, whilst alone in his room, that Shaun cut himself repeatedly and bled out.

The jury, after reviewing the case, awarded $7M to the Reyna family, having decided that the AAC violated regulations regarding operations.

This case is the latest in a chain of issues regarding the AAC. In 2016, an Illinois man died when he managed to wander away from the center unsupervised and was ran over. More recently, another client admitted into an AAC facility shot himself with a handgun in the middle of a burglary attempt in Riverview.