Benefits of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
For clients seeking treatment at AAC, we provide addiction treatment using one of the first recognized cognitive-behavioral modalities, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).
We incorporate this modality into our dual diagnosis addiction treatment curriculum because it works effectively with maladaptive behaviors such as substance abuse. Like all of the cognitive therapies, REBT seeks to help individuals change their self-defeating thoughts so they can feel better about themselves and alter their behavior so that it’s more adaptive in given situations and effective — resulting in behaviors that helps the clients achieve identified goals.
REBT assumes that people generally have the tendency to think irrationally about how their lives should be as well as how people around them should behave.
For example, according to the REBT philosophy, a common irrational thought might be:
“I have to do my job perfectly ALWAYS. If I don’t, I am a TOTAL failure.”
Obviously, this is not realistic. No one can be perfect. This type of thought is said to be absolutist thinking. This thought equates self-worth with performance, and is considered irrational thinking, which leads to unnecessary disturbances in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as individuals try to live up to unrealistic expectations for themselves, others, and the world.
Utilizing REBT techniques, the therapist teaches clients to dispute their irrational beliefs in order to increase more moderate and less disturbing feelings, which can lead to behaviors that are less self-defeating. Real-life applications of REBT for individuals struggling with substance use REBT’s ability to help clients:
- Find ways to respond to situations that are realistic and not a response to irrational thoughts
- Recognize that even though they cannot control the events of life, they have the ability to choose their way of responding and dealing with difficult situations
In REBT, the therapist teaches clients to dispute their irrational beliefs.