School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Jason K. Ward


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Addiction Disorders, Digital Mental Health Interventions


Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to review the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with addiction disorders as measured with digital mental health interventions when traditional face-to-face methods were not available. Most of the United States was shut down at the height of COVID-19 pandemic and it made it difficult for patients to receive mental health care. Many had to turn to telehealth or some other form of eHealth. The pandemic left many wondering how they could receive the care they needed. Through the course of the pandemic, many Americans turned to substances to cope with their emotions. There was a rise in mental health patients and cases during that time. This study shows how patients coped with their addictions and how they were seen during the pandemic by mental health providers. It illustrates how alcohol use disorder (AUD) and substance use disorder (SUD) responds to CBT. Also, indicates the effectiveness of digital mental health interventions (DMHIs). Twenty participants from Hinds Behavioral Health (Region 9) of Jackson, MS shared their experiences about the pandemic and AUD and SUD treatment. The CBT theory that guided the study. This research assessed how effective CBT is and why most therapists depend on it for the health and welfare of patients. The data for this research were collected and transcribed through the lived experiences of the individuals who have been receiving treatment since the start of the pandemic. Thematic analysis was applied to analyze the data.