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Rational Emotive Therapy

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When someone struggles with addiction, a pattern of toxic thoughts and behaviors often lead to ongoing substance abuse. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers rational emotive behavioral therapy as part of our patients’ comprehensive, individualized treatment programs.

The REBT Process

Developed by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955, rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) is a proven and effective form of behavior modification in addiction treatment. REBT focuses on identifying how individuals’ beliefs lead to their dysfunctional behavior. Patients work with their therapists to identify how their perceptions and expectations of themselves and others influence their worldview, and how this worldview informs their actions.

Throughout the course of therapy, patients are challenged and encouraged to reevaluate their destructive and distorted beliefs and to see themselves and others in a new perspective.

Some of the behaviors and core irrational beliefs commonly explored in rational emotive behavioral therapy include:

  • Demandingness and Absolutism
  • Demand for Love and Approval
  • Demand for Accomplishment and Recognition
  • Demand for Comfort
  • “Awfulization” (belief that certain situations are hopeless and disastrous beyond repair)
  • Low Tolerance for Frustration (fatalistic belief that mildly frustrating situations are just too hard or intolerable)
  • Global-Rating (the condemnation of one’s self or that of another)

REBT at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

Our world-class mental health experts are trained to identify and treat the self-defeating beliefs described above. By incorporating flexibility and positivity into a patient’s overall perception of the world, BHOPB breaks down significant barriers that often lead to substance abuse, addiction and other dangerous behaviors.

When a patient believes there is no hope or assigns fixed titles to themselves or others like "worthless" or "stupid," the healing process is severely disrupted. The goal of REBT is to break down those toxic and often deeply rooted thoughts so that healing can begin. Call (888) 432-2467 to learn more about how REBT can help you or your loved one overcome addiction.

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