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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy As A Treatment

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And Understanding It

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment for psychological problems that seeks to address the thinking or behaviour patterns of a person with a mental health condition.

A classification of mental health counselling is cognitive-behavioural therapy which was founded in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron T. Beck.


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Cognitive-Behavioural therapy is helpful to people to address any problematic thoughts and feelings which they could have in order to overcome addiction.


Many of the groups and rehabs are utilising Cognitive behavioural therapy in the recovery processes. CBT trains recovering addicts to find connections between their feelings, thoughts, and actions and increase their awareness of how these things affect their recovery.

Some of the other behaviours that can be eliminated aside from dependency on drugs include:

  • Anxiety of various kinds
  • Various forms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Various forms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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How Does Cbt Work

CBT recognizes that many behaviours and feeling are dangerous and make no sense. Such reactions and feelings may be brought on by traumatic occurrence or background.

The patients can easily get to know the thoughts that are turning them to drug abuse through the help of the therapists. Fear, self doubt and other internalized feelings together with misconceptions are what usually cause these automatic negative thoughts. It has been observed that many people look forward to be self-medicating themselves to overcome the painful thoughts and feelings with the help of alcohol or by abusing substances.


Addicts find it easier to overcome their addiction when they begin to understand why they are acting or feeling in a certain manner and how their feelings and actions are leading them to the use of prohibited substances.

Facing these sensitive areas often leads a patient to get over the acute pain they cause. The positive behaviours that are learnt through CBT can thereafter be used instead of using drugs or alcohol.


The Role Of Cbt In Treating Addiction

Over Dependency on the drugs is also associated with behaviours such as feeling sad and nervous and this are caused by the bad thoughts.

It means that automatic thoughts can make a person more likely to take drugs and drink alcohol.

Triggers - certain situations that provoke, i.e. "trigger", cravings for substance during the day - prevent many addicts from living a sober life. There are a couple of ways that these triggers can be prevented from causing relapse.


Cbt Aids People In Overcoming Their Drug Addiction And Alcoholism By

  • Getting rid of all the negative thought that lead people to addiction.
  • Strengthen the patient with better ways of self-motivation.
  • Training the patient on how to express themselves better.

How To Manage Triggers

  • Recognise
  • Identify the circumstances which can lead to the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Shun
  • Try as much as possible to get away from these trigger situations.
  • Manage
  • This involves dealing with the thoughts and feelings that cause you to abuse the substance using methods learnt in CBT.

The techniques provided by the cognitive-behavioural therapists can be practiced beyond the office of the therapist. CBT patients can use the techniques at home, office or join a support group.

Some of the self-help exercises taught in support groups such as SMART - Self Management and Recovery Training incorporate certain aspects of CBT.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practices

Therapists that practice CBT use special exercises to facilitate addiction recovery.

Some of the exercises are:

  • Though Records
  • This involves dispelling automatic negative thoughts by finding proof that shows these thoughts to be false.
  • They are required to list the evidence in favour of or against the automatic thoughts and indulge in a comparison and a contrast to the thoughts.
  • The aim is to help them think positive, productive thoughts.

An example is "My supervisor thinks and worthless. I need to have a drink to feel better" turns into "It's ok to make mistakes, and I will learn from them. My supervisor may in fact think highly of me for being able to learn from my mistakes. I do not need alcohol to get a better feeling of myself.

  • Behavioural Experiments
  • Here the exercises involve comparing negative thoughts and positive thoughts to see which influence good behaviour more.
  • One person may react better when they self-criticize while another will do great when they self-motivated.
  • One needs to identify the behaviours that work best with them.

For example: "If I am harsh to myself after drinking to excess, I'll drink less" vs. "If I am kind to myself after drinking to excess, I will drink less."

  • Imagery Based Exposure Technique
  • During this exercise, patients have to think about a past experience that causes severe negative feelings.
  • This will involve assessing all the features such as feelings and the responses they had to that particular feeling.
  • Regularly re-enacting that moment in their minds, the patient can deal with the pain and nervousness brought about by the memory.

Example: A person revisits a traumatic event from their childhood. Everything they went through at that time is clear as day to them. The more he replays it in his mind, the less painful it is and this leads to a lower need to indulge in alcohol and drugs as a way of self medication.

  • Schedule for Pleasant Activities
  • Enjoyable activities which can help break up regular routines can be learned by people simply by making a list of the healthy activities because the technique requires them to do so.
  • The key is to have activities that are uncomplicated and easy to execute while bringing out positive feelings.
  • Enlisting - and carrying out - these activities helps patients avoid negative automatic thoughts, so these people do not need to drink or take drugs for this purpose anymore.

Example: A financial advisor who works a lot, finds fifteen minutes every day to relax at his desk instead of drinking alcohol or using drugs at work. He or she can begin to use the extra time at their desk to enjoy some new music from a melodious artist.


How Cbt Or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Varies From Other Therapies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provides a perfect alternative to less effective and engaging treatment techniques.

Addicts more often than not speak to their counsellors during a CBT meeting while the therapists listen attentively. The therapist and addict are instead expected to treat the addiction by working hand in hand.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy applies fruitful, action-focused techniques aimed at quick result. Most of the 60 - 90 day rehab programs have CBT as a component that equips addicts with immediate techniques to help in coping.

Certain psychoanalytic methods may take many years before showing any tangible results. Just sixteen sessions of CBT is often enough to obtain considerable improvement.

CBT therapy can be adapted to make it effective in outpatient or inpatient programs as well as in counselling sessions for groups or an individual. There are many addiction treatment clinics and professionals who incorporate CBT in their treatment programs.