cognitive behavior therapy

The St. Gregory Retreat Centers Recovery Program relies on a powerful technique known as cognitive behavior therapy.

A person’s behavior patterns are learned and developed through a cognitive process. It is through this process that we form feelings, beliefs, and perceptions about who we are, what we are capable of, and what things are important to us.

The conclusions derived from this process shape our behavior patterns. People tend to form behaviors around beliefs—both good or bad—that are perceived to be rational based on past experiences. Unfortunately, this process is not foolproof. If it were, there would be no irrational thoughts or behaviors such as those we find in the lives of persons struggling with addictions.

Feelings of depression and low self-esteem are common, and they usually are the driving forces in the cycle of addiction. These feelings often are the result of irrational, self-defeating beliefs that stem from unhealthy or dysfunctional cognitive abilities.

Cognitive behavior therapy helps a person identify and change dysfunctional thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. Therapy focuses on developing skills for modifying beliefs, for identifying distorted thinking, and for relating to others in new ways in order to change behavior. Our collaborative treatment challenges unreasonable beliefs. It is essential that a person learn the skills necessary to modify and retrain his or her thought process to prevent these unreasonable beliefs from continuing to produce ever-stronger cravings for drugs and/or alcohol.

At St. Gregory Retreat Center, we offer cognitive therapies and rehabilitation to assist in healing the brain from the wrath of addiction.

St. Gregory Retreat Centers Recovery Program is a unique, evidence-based treatment program developed from the work of a number of leading behavioral experts, including Dr. James Prochaska, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, and Dr. Theresa Moyers. Empathy, specific guidance regarding personal choices, the management of resistance, support for change, and a plan for success—all protocols identified as best practices—are the foundation of the St. Gregory Retreat Centers Recovery Program.

At St. Gregory Retreat Centers, a person is guided through the stages of change by means of the transtheoretical model, a process that enhances readiness to engage in new and more healthful behavior. Paired with cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, the stages of change lead a person to action and maintenance. Click here to learn more about the stages of change.

why is this important?

At St. Gregory Retreat Centers, the evidence-based therapies we use have proven to be the most successful in the treatment of substance abuse. While other therapies may work for some, our goal is to provide the best chance at a permanent recovery for as many people as possible.

Our program is based on a simple philosophy. Your thoughts turn into your beliefs. Your beliefs turn into actions. Your actions turn into habits. Your habits create your character, and your character defines your life. People need to change their thoughts to reach different outcomes. Cognitive behavior therapy provides the most successful method of changing habits so people can achieve their life goals.

Animations Courtesy of UCLA Eyes of the World and Dr. Arthur W. Toga, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA