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Everyone faces challenges in life. Often, it’s more than the situations themselves that are challenging. The real challenge is our beliefs and how we react to them. In other words, it’s not what life brings us but what we bring to life. 

This is where rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) steps in. Attitude isn’t everything, but it’s a lot. The role our mind plays in how we act is significant.

Rational emotive behavior therapy is part of the individualized treatment we provide. TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health’s REBT therapy helps you use your attitude to your advantage.

What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is an action-oriented form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This psychotherapy, developed by psychologist Albert Ellis, is based on the core cognitive restructuring technique. This is the disputing and reframing of stressful, irrational beliefs with more balanced rational thoughts.

REBT aims to show you how to react rationally in adverse circumstances and avoid destructive behaviors. You control how you handle stressful and negative thoughts. Attitude can make all the difference when dealing with negative emotions. REBT is effective for treating addictive behaviors and mental health.

The ABC Model of REBT

There are a few critical points of REBT. These distinguishing factors are the framework known as the ABC Model

A: Activating event is the circumstance that sets off our reaction.

B: Beliefs are the thoughts or interpretations we have about the event.

C: Consequences are emotional and behavioral reactions to our beliefs.

By the letter, this means that external events (A) do not cause emotions (C), but beliefs (B) and irrational beliefs do. During sessions, your REBT therapist will help you incorporate the ABC model into your daily routine.

It’s not a fixed process where an event happens and beliefs automatically cause consequences. Instead, the type of belief we hold is flexible in this form of therapy. There’s the opportunity to adjust what happens, whether favorable or unfavorable.

Common Irrational Beliefs 

What are these irrational beliefs that need changing? These negative thoughts are rigid, extreme, and not aligned with reality. Unsurprisingly, these self-defeating behaviors and thought patterns can result in harmful emotional consequences like anger, depression, or anxiety.

Some common examples include:

  • Believing you must always be successful to have value.
  • Assuming everyone must love you to be happy.
  • Thinking that life should always be fair.

REBT says we can change distortions that cause emotional distress if we reframe the activating event. In REBT, the power of the mind is mighty.

Why REBT in Recovery?

The focus on facing self-destructive beliefs makes this type of therapy valuable in rehab. Therapy sessions center on identifying the ideas that led an individual down the path of substance abuse.

Many individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) hold negative thought patterns about their drug or alcohol use, such as, “I can’t cope without alcohol.” Rational emotive behavior therapy helps challenge and change these irrational beliefs.

Irrational thoughts and emotions often fuel addictive behaviors. Addicts might hold firm ideas about their substance use. Their belief system might convince them life is unmanageable without their substance of choice, or they lack the strength to change. Self-defeating themes of unworthiness and not deserving to feel better are common.

If left untreated, the cycle of addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions continues. REBT intervenes by helping individuals recognize, challenge, and replace these destructive ideas.

This therapy is highly useful in addiction and mental health treatment. These areas include substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and aftercare for relapse prevention.

Substance Abuse 

Underlying irrational beliefs often create or maintain substance use disorders. Individuals may believe they cannot handle stress without turning to a substance. They might think they are worthless without their substance of choice. These beliefs drive the cycle of addiction, lower self-esteem, and impair recovery.

Challenging beliefs with REBT highlights the differences between an individual’s thoughts and reality. Adapting a healthier perspective on substance use is possible by recognizing, facing, and changing these irrational thoughts. Practicing ongoing cognitive therapy can reduce the perceived need or compulsion to use the substance.

Co-occurring Disorders

Dual diagnosis is common in recovery environments. Many individuals struggling with substance abuse also have co-occurring mental health disorders. Conditions like depression, anxiety, or PTSD are common. This combination can complicate treatment. One condition can intensify the other and vice versa.

REBT doesn’t just focus on substance use behaviors or mental illness. It addresses underlying thought processes and emotional disturbances that impact the quality of life. This makes REBT a valuable intervention for treating addiction and mental health disorders. 

Individuals who can identify and challenge their irrational beliefs can manage the symptoms of addiction and mental health symptoms.

Aftercare Planning

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. The risk of relapse remains, especially during the early days of recovery. There are triggers everywhere, like stress or environments associated with previous substance use. These risk factors can increase the chances of relapse and return to old habits.

REBT supports aftercare planning by giving individuals the tools to manage potential triggers. These strategies prepare them to face situations and avoid relapse.

If an individual holds firm beliefs like, “I need alcohol to have fun at parties,” they can challenge and replace it. Instead, they can think, “I can enjoy social situations without alcohol,” which supports rational thoughts for sustained recovery.

REBT supplies tools that ensure individuals are ready to navigate the triggers of life after leaving rehab. 

REBT at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health

At TRUE, we discover the roots of an individual’s challenges and treat their overall well-being holistically. REBT aligns with our mission and is a valuable therapeutic tool in our mental health and addiction treatment programs.

Finding TRUE roots: TRUE discovers the genuine roots of an individual’s addiction. This comprises an individual’s beliefs, values, and connections. REBT helps individuals uncover the underlying assumptions behind addictive behaviors.

Transformation through REBT:  REBT guides individuals toward real change. It dares them to replace their self-defeating beliefs with healthier, constructive ones. This sets the course for positive behaviors and fulfilling quality of life.

Consistency in cognitive reframing: We emphasize the importance of an established routine. In REBT, consistency is essential. Individuals are encouraged to challenge their beliefs, making cognitive reframing habitual. This is an ongoing process.

Cultivating courage: Staying up against and changing deep-rooted beliefs requires a lot of courage. TRUE celebrates bravery in every form. At our addiction treatment center, individuals undergoing REBT are always supported and motivated to face and change their beliefs confidently.

Why REBT at TRUE is Effective

Our therapists use REBT in addiction treatment because it is thorough and results-driven. It’s a lot like our recovery center.

Personalized care: Every individual’s beliefs and experiences are unique. TRUE prioritizes customized care in our treatment plans. We tailor REBT to address the belief systems of each individual. 

Community support: Our programs offer multiple ways for clients to tap into their TRUE connections. This establishes long-term solutions. As individuals work through their beliefs, they’re also integrated into a supportive community, reinforcing positive behavioral change.

Empowerment: At TRUE, empowerment is more than just a buzzword. As individuals progress through therapy, they’re equipped with tools and strategies to manage their emotional well-being and thought patterns. This motivates and enhances their self-worth to continue the path to recovery.

Holistic treatment: TRUE believes in healing all parts of an individual. This includes the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual elements. This complements the effects of rational emotive behavior therapy. Both cater to healing the whole person.

Individualized Care in Murfreesboro, TN

Our “whole-self” approach means REBT is not applied as a standalone therapy. It works best alongside other therapeutic individualized techniques and support systems. 

This includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and a range of other evidence-based practices.

We design therapy sessions to suit each individual’s unique needs and circumstances. Our team of behavioral health specialists works closely with each client. Our REBT therapists identify irrational beliefs contributing to addiction and mental health setbacks. They replace these distortions with healthier thoughts. This type of therapy is held in both individual and group therapy sessions.

Let REBT and TRUE Improve Your Life 

Seeking help for addiction or mental health challenges can feel overwhelming. But you’re not alone. With the proper professional guidance and tools like REBT, a healthier, brighter future can be yours.

At our Murfreesboro, TN, recovery center, our therapists use therapies like REBT in our treatment programs. Turn your obstacles to your advantage. We will show you how at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health. Reach out to our team of professionals any time to learn more and start your journey toward recovery today.