Definition and overview of REBT
Technically speaking, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy or REBT as it is more commonly called, is an active-directive, comprehensive, empirical, and philosophically-based form of psychotherapy. The primary focus of REBT is the resolving of an individual’s behavioral and emotional problems, as well as other disturbances. The goal of this therapy is to enable the individual to lead a more fulfilling and happier life and it was first introduced by Albert Ellis, noted psychologist of the 1950’s. REBT can be quite beneficial in addiction treatment, as many underlying factors of addiction can be addressed.
Theoretical assumptions of REBT
The fundamental premise underlying Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is that human beings, for the most part, are not only upset by particular adversities that they encounter in their lives. The way in which they have constructed their views of their own personal reality through their evaluative beliefs, language, and philosophies about themselves and others as well as the world around them also plays a significant role in what may upset them. REBT basically views humans as being “responsibility hedonistic” in their behavior.
Another consideration of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is that it views individuals as always striving to stay alive while at the same time achieving a certain degree of happiness in their everyday lives. However, the theory also states that individuals will adopt irrational behaviors and beliefs which will eventually stand in the way of them achieving their goals and their purpose in life. It is the presence of these irrational behaviors and beliefs that comprise the difference between healthy or unhealthy negative emotions.
Drug addiction and REBT
Based on the above, it is easy to understand how there could be a relationship between drug addiction and the theoretical assumptions of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. In many instances, certain behavioral or psychological disorders such as co-dependency or depression are the triggers of substance abuse and addiction. Anxiety or feelings of guilt could also be triggers. So it follows suit that REBT would play a significant role in the recovery process involved with substance dependency.
The “A-B-C” framework of REBT
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy employs what is referred to as the A-B-C framework to help clarify the relationships that exist between:
- A) the activating events in an individual’s life
- B) our beliefs about these events
- C) the behavioral, cognitive, and/or emotional consequences of those personal beliefs
Certain cognitive or cognitive behavioral therapies also employ the A-B-C framework in order to clarify and differentiate the roles that mental activities and/or predispositions play in our experiences and how we respond to them emotionally.
The primary purpose of REBT
Helping addicted individuals to replace certain irrational philosophies with more flexible ones is the primary purpose of employing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in the drug addiction treatment and recovery process. The Delray Recovery Center offers REBT in their programs for the client that needs this therapy in order to achieve a total recovery from their addiction. For more information regarding REBT and our different programs, please contact one of our staff members today. We will be happy to assist you and answer any further questions that you may have.