teen discussing his cognitive behavioral therapy program with his therapist Whether your teen is trying to manage substance use or mental health concerns, a treatment program that addresses their needs is essential. There are many facets to recovery, and one of them is counseling from a licensed therapist. One of the most common types of support is boys’ cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Stonewater Adolescent Treatment Center offers both a cognitive-behavioral therapy program and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. These treatments can provide you with the support and change you need.

Today, 2.3 million teens between the ages of 12 and 18 use alcohol each month, and 4.3 million teens in the same age group use illicit drugs. This drug or alcohol use can lead to a substance use disorder in many cases. Fortunately, with the help of treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapeutic options, it is possible to heal. Are you ready to learn how our substance use therapy programs can support your teen’s recovery? If so, please reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

As one of the more common types of therapy for those dealing with substance use, cognitive-behavioral therapy has long been used. It helps people manage their thought patterns, which often lead to the use of drugs or alcohol. The goal is to change the way you think so that you can produce better outcomes. That sounds simple, but it’s a somewhat complicated process that you’ll need to learn with the help of a licensed counselor.


CBT encourages a person to identify their negative thought processes. These are often called automatic thoughts or things that they may think when something happens to them or when they are in certain situations. An automatic thought like this is an impulse. Many times, it comes from a place of internalized feelings or misconceptions about what’s happening. Sometimes it is due to fear. Often, these painful thoughts lead to drug and alcohol use as a way of coping with them.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be helpful for those with dual diagnosis treatment needs, including those who have:



Bipolar disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Attention deficit disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Substance use disorder

How Does CBT Work?

According to the strictures of cognitive behavioral therapy, a person’s way of thing is similar to wearing a pair of glasses. Their thoughts cause them to see the world in a specific context. Through CBT, the person becomes more aware of how their thought patterns can create or distort their reality, ultimately determining how they behave in a given scenario. Once the individual is aware of their thinking and behavioral patterns, they can challenge the automatic thoughts that make the individual susceptible to patterns such as:

  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Having a negative mindset
  • Seeing scenarios in black and white, good or bad, with little or nothing in between
  • Seeing situations as world-ending
  • Using specific behaviors in troubling scenarios

Once a person changes their way of thinking, their distress may decrease, allowing them to function in a manner that can be healthy for them and those in their vicinity.

As your teen acquires these new skills through cognitive behavioral therapy, they may find it is easier for them to constructively solve problems. Ultimately, this allows them to reduce their stress levels, give them a feeling of control, and lessen the risk of a negative outcome.

However, CBT cannot solve everything. Some situations, like the economic status that your teen was born into or their past trauma, cannot simply be overcome with positive thinking. However, it can help them address the things they can control, which can greatly relieve their mind.

“I miss this place a lot honestly, I’m extremely impressed with where my life is at today and I know I couldn’t have done it without this place. The staff is amazing and I’m definitely going to come back and visit sometime. I truly believe this place saved my life and I’m forever grateful for Stonewater.”


Max Williams

How Can We Help You with This Program?

At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we provide a wide range of substance use treatment programs designed to support your teen as they deal with the complicated feelings and dependency that they have. This includes providing adolescent residential treatment for males. It consists of a fully supervised withdrawal management program for those who need it. Then, we’ll work with each teen to create an individualized treatment plan designed to address their needs. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is generally a component of a teen’s treatment plan.

When teens seek out cognitive behavioral therapy, they’ll get a lot of support from a team that offers a different type of treatment program. There are a few key things that make a difference in this program. At Stonewater, your teen will benefit from:

  • Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies
  • Purpose-focused program to help you reclaim your life
  • Yoga and fitness-focused therapy programs
  • Experiential therapy programs
  • Optional faith-based treatment

With these treatment elements, many of the teens we treat can attain their goals and begin the journey to long-term recovery.



Benefits of Using CBT in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

A vital component of the work we do is to provide our residents with dual diagnosis support. This phrase means we have a comprehensive, well-designed treatment plan that helps teens address substance use as well as mental health issues at the same time. This program can provide the teen with the best ability to manage what’s happening and why. It can be a part of the individualized treatment plan we offer.

Dual diagnosis treatment is necessary for teens battling substance use disorders and mental health issues. In the past, many medical professionals chose only to treat one condition or the other. However, doing so leads to a higher likelihood of a return to use. For instance, if your teen only receives treatment for their substance use, their mental health symptoms will return uninhibited. Without the proper tools to manage these symptoms, many teens will go back to using drugs or alcohol in an effort to self medicate symptoms such as:

  • Anxious thoughts
  • Hopelessness
  • Flashbacks or night terrors
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns

As a male-only program, we want to help your teen and teens from around the country to come together to improve their quality of life and future. We do this by providing a comprehensive mental health program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as many holistic treatment programs. We believe this will give your teen the best possible outcome for any of the struggles you’re facing. All you have to do is to reach out for immediate help.

Get the Help You Need at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be the right treatment for your teen. Yet, to find out, you have to take that first step and reach out for real help. Our team at Stonewater wants to provide you with the support and guidance you need. Our team offers treatment for a wide array of substance use disorders, including:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Heroin use disorder
  • Stimulant use disorder
  • Prescription drug use disorder
  • Adderall use disorder

Your teen doesn’t have to live with a dependency on drugs or alcohol anymore. With the help of treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy, your teen can get the care they need to overcome their dependency and thrive in recovery. All it takes is for you to reach out on behalf of your teen. Contact us online or call us at 662.373.2828 to learn about the options for getting the care you need.