RATIONAL EMOTIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Programs at Southern Sky Recovery
An important part of recovering from substance abuse is learning to change your thinking. At Southern Sky Recovery’s vital addiction therapy programs in Bluffton, SC, clients work to break out of unhelpful or destructive thinking patterns in counseling sessions. The technique of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) provides helpful, long-lasting tools for transforming thoughts and behaviors to sustain sobriety.
What Is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?
Introduced in the 1950s by therapist Albert Ellis, rational emotive behavior therapy helps clients identify thought patterns and beliefs they hold that may be unhealthy, self-defeating, unproductive, or otherwise harmful. Once clients understand their negative thought patterns, REBT teaches them to replace old patterns and beliefs with new ones that are realistic and helpful.
According to REBT, thoughts and behaviors are connected. Clients learn how certain thoughts contribute to their behaviors. For instance, thoughts may cause them emotional distress, which leads them to abuse substances. If they can identify these thoughts as the root of their behaviors, they can reshape them and discover better, more accurate ways to think about their experiences. Changing thought patterns will help them manage difficult emotions more constructively.
How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Works
Rational emotive behavior therapy programs work with clients to understand how their interpretations of events can affect their behaviors. REBT therapists follow a specific treatment model, known as the ABCs or the ABCDE model:
- A is the activating event, or the external event or situation to which someone responds.
- B is the belief or thought that the person has about the activating event.
- C is the consequence, or the person’s emotional response to the activating event based on their belief. Often, this response will involve upsetting or overwhelming feelings. Consequences can also include negative behaviors in response to thoughts and beliefs, such as substance use as a response to a belief that causes distress.
- D is the disputing process, where the person disputes or questions their beliefs. They may challenge whether these beliefs are true or examine where their beliefs came from. They might also consider new perspectives they haven’t thought of before.
- E is effective behavior, where the person changes their behavior based on their new thoughts and beliefs.
REBT therapists guide clients through each step, showing them how the steps are connected. Once clients understand that their beliefs, not the events in their lives, are causing consequences, they feel more empowered to transform these beliefs. They also realize they are in control of their actions, and they can make better choices.
Further, REBT sessions help develop:
- Problem-solving skills
- Conflict resolution techniques
- Interpersonal skills
- Cognitive techniques, like visualization, guided imagery, and reframing
- Relaxation methods, such as meditation, to cope with distress
These and other methods are designed to teach lifelong skills that can help clients at all stages of recovery.
Clients are expected to be active participants in rational emotive behavior therapy. They may have homework between sessions or be challenged to apply the skills they’ve learned in their daily lives.
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Benefits Of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
REBT programs are especially helpful for clients who want to change self-defeating behaviors, not only substance abuse but habits like procrastination or unhealthy eating patterns. By examining how their underlying beliefs contribute to their behaviors, clients can develop an effective blueprint for change.
A rational emotive behavior therapy program can also be effective for clients with dual diagnoses, such as depression or anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or sleep disorder. REBT helps these clients understand, manage, and control thoughts and feelings that can otherwise be incapacitating.
Participants report better physical health, reduced experiences of negative emotions, and better social skills.
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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Program In Bluffton, SC
Our clients at Southern Sky Recovery are diverse with unique needs, and we strive to meet those needs by offering a range of traditional and holistic therapies, including REBT. Counseling is part of every client’s treatment plan, and staff members work with each person to identify goals for therapy.
Empathy is a cornerstone of our treatment approach. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, our outpatient programs provide healing and help in a safe, nonjudgmental space. To discover how REBT or another style of therapy can help you, contact us today by calling 843.350.5769.
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