Cognitive remediation therapy is a cutting-edge technique to accomplish a healthier way of thinking for individuals going through treatment programs for drug addiction. The goal is to restore a patient’s cognitive skills. Most of us take our brains for granted. We are able to process information, employ reason, comprehend the world around us, solve problems and make decisions. People with schizophrenia or brain damage from methamphetamine use no longer enjoy this luxury. Depending on the degree of their illness or the extent of their drug use, some people will need to retrain their brain functions.
This application is offered to patients dealing with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring conditions. The goal of using cognitive remediation is to help patients retrain their brains to foster positive and constructive thinking patterns that can counteract previously destructive thinking or behavioral patterns, substance abuse, or a mental health disorder. The therapists at Sovereign will assist the patients in improving memory, attentiveness, organizational skills, problem-solving, and reasoning skills.
Think of the brain as a muscle. A muscle grows stronger with repeated use. The brain is no different. Our counselors introduce new skills to the patient. The patient repeats these skills until they become automatic, that is until the brain executes them normally. Each time patients master a skill, they graduate to more complicated tasks. With each success, his or her brain grows stronger.
How long a patient undergoes cognitive retraining depends on the type and the extent of brain damage and what retraining skills are required to correct the damage. Organizing a home, for instance, or the workplace may only necessitate cognitive retraining for days or a few weeks. Retraining to operate machinery or a computer may require longer and more involved sessions. A patient’s attitude and willingness to engage are pivotal to success. The initial inability to execute a task can be frustrating. The benchmark for success is when a patient takes what he or she learns in retraining sessions and applies this knowledge to real-world situations.
Cognitive retraining is effective because it is tailored to the patient’s needs. There are multiple types of remediation:
A person with bipolar disease is more often governed by emotions than reason; a person with schizophrenia is inundated by stimuli and lacks the ability to filter them out; Reasoning retraining focuses on processing and organizing information.
Alcohol, drug abuse, and mental illness narrow the brain’s ability to approach situations from different perspectives; problem-solving retraining helps the patient regain perspective.
Bipolar individuals are often impulsive. So are addicts and alcoholics. Making decisions requires deliberation requires patience. This retraining teaches the patient to consider their actions before rashly committing to them.
Executive Skills Retraining
It emphasizes self-discipline, self-control, and self-monitoring. Relearning and using these skills exponentially increases the patient’s value as an employee or student.
Cognitive rehabilitation exercises promote positive and constructive thinking and replace the destructive thinking and behavioral problems that mental illness and substance abuse leave. Patients who complete it emerge with stronger memory, greater attention span, and the skills and confidence necessary to make it in the world.