An individual’s thoughts strongly influence their emotions and behaviors. If a person has negative or irrational thought patterns, for example, they might develop behavioral or emotional problems in response. One such problem might be turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drugs or alcohol after a triggering situation or event.
Individuals struggling with substance abuse or addiction can learn to approach situations and issues logically and with better emotional regulation. In turn, they can re-think and analyze the behaviors and mindset underlying their destructive lifestyle.
Assessing and identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with a healthier mindset is known as rational emotive therapy or REBT.
REBT gives a person tools to push a reset button on their perspective. This is critical because it helps avoid the thought patterns that may trigger emotional and behavioral issues, including addiction.