Cognitive remediation creates mental fitness
The brain is the most important organ in our body. It is responsible for our thoughts, actions, behaviors, speech and emotions.
The brain is also at the center of mental illness and addiction. Often, when people develop mental illness or a substance abuse problem, their brain no longer functions as well as it had previously. They may forget deadlines at work, lose track of objects or have trouble managing their time. Their thoughts may feel blurry or disorganized. When it’s hard to think clearly or perform daily tasks, getting sober or fighting a mental illness can seem difficult if not outright impossible. Cognitive remediation therapy can combat these negative trends and get the brain back to the way it is supposed to be.
Here at Sovereign Health, we designed our cognitive remediation treatment modality to help get the brain back on track. We provide both cognitive exercises as well as brain wellness lessons so that our patients can sharpen their thoughts and take charge of their own recovery.
What is cognitive remediation therapy?
Cognitive remediation therapy is a series of exercises and behaviors designed to reduce cognitive impairment. Examples of cognitive impairments include minor issues with memory, decision-making, planning and attention. Often, cognitive impairments arise due to a history of substance abuse or psychiatric disorders.
Much like how running on a treadmill helps your heart stay strong, performing mental exercises keeps your brain in shape. For this reason, cognitive remediation is often considered to be “physical therapy for the mind.” People with improved cognition often perform better at work, in the classroom and in daily life, making cognitive remediation an essential part of the recovery process.