Substance use disorder involves a dependence on drugs or alcohol that compromises an individual’s ability to function. It is characterized by prolonged or excessive misuse of substances and an inability to quit, even when continued use causes unwanted consequences in other areas of an individual’s life. Serious or chronic substance use often requires medical detoxification in conjunction with treatment.

How CBT Can Help

CBT therapists educate clients about their diagnosis and about CBT, help them set goals, and teach essential thinking and behavioral skills. CBT techniques for substance use disorders include helping clients evaluate the costs and benefits of using, motivating clients to avoid using, and teaching skills to prevent relapse.

Finding a Therapist

Our clinician directory can help you find a competent and compassionate certified CBT therapist near you. 

If you are in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, please make use of the below resources or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

Crisis Text Line: 741741