Changing Mental Patterns Of Substance Abuse

Addiction And Borderline Personality Disorder

Changing Mental Patterns Of Substance Abuse

Quite often, individuals battling addiction treat only the physical element of their addiction rather than combating the problem in its entirety. The mental patterns that often influence addiction need to be changed in order to ensure treatment programs are successful. Understanding the various patterns associated with addiction and how to break free from the can help you overcome your addiction and escape the harmful consequences of it. At the Crosby Clinic, we provide treatment programs that focus on the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing on patients in order to ensure individuals obtain and maintain sobriety.

The Mental Patterns Of Addiction

The mental processes in humans often work in patterns of repetitive behaviors. These are often formed early on as we continue to behave a certain way for an extended period. These behaviors differ from our instinctive behaviors because they are learned. Unfortunately, it is these negative patterns of behavior that align us for the dangers of addiction.

Mental patterns like irrational and harmful thoughts often trigger cognitive errors that lead to addictive behaviors. Beyond the physical elements of addiction, cognitive errors are the leading cause of individuals turning to substance abuse.

Common Cognitive Errors

Regardless of whether a person is battling addiction, every person has irrational cognitive errors. Unfortunately, there are some common errors that often contribute to addiction. Some of these include:

“All-Or-Nothing” – This type of black or white thinking negatively contributes to substance abuse.

Minimization – Individuals often downplay the damaging impact addiction is having on their lives.

“Should” Statements – Individuals will create expectations and rules for themselves that are difficult and unrealistic.

Labeling – Individuals will let their addictions create an identity that they cannot escape. They will refer to themselves as addicts, and they may create negative labels for others who try to help them quit.

The most difficult part about breaking out of these negative patterns of cognitive errors is that they often result in physical rewards for users. Whenever a person uses drugs or alcohol, they experience a euphoric high that they find rewarding.

Breaking The Habit

In order to address cognitive errors, it is important for individuals to engage in several forms of therapy while in drug treatment. Cognitive behavior therapy helps individuals correct their irrational thoughts and behaviors. Instead, they find strategies that help them cope with the patterns and eliminate them.

Additionally, dialectical behavior therapy is proven effective in helping individuals combat cognitive errors. This form of therapy is an off-shoot of cognitive behavior therapy, yet differs in the way it focuses on treating borderline personality disorder.

Contact The Crosby Clinic Today

The Crosby Clinic is dedicated to helping individuals combat their addictions so they can live happier and healthier lives. We provide a safe and comfortable environment for detox. Our Escondido inpatient rehab is inviting and relaxing, designed to mimic a home away from home environment where patients can stay to get the drug treatment they need. Contact our clinic at (760) 751-1234 to speak with an intake specialist to see how we can help you.

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