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CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And Understanding It

Over Dependency on drugs and other ailments can be treated by changing the thinking mentality and emotions of a person and this is the core of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Dr. Aaron T. Beck started Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the 60s which is a branch of mental health counselling.


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Getting rid of an addiction needs certain resources and people. Outpatient or Inpatient addiction treatment programs will help you achieve sobriety and keep from relapsing. In order to maintain the skills that are required along with the recovery you can get help from mental health counsellors.

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) addresses the problem areas of thoughts and behaviour resulting from drug 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.

Along with addictions, CBT also facilitates treating various co-occurring disorders, such as the following:

  • Nervousness
  • Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD]
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And How It Works

Many of the things we do or feel that harm us are not actually rational and CBT can help us to know this. The feelings and behaviours of people could be coming as a direct result from past experiences and factors related to the environment.

Cognitive behavioural therapists work with patients to identify potentially thoughts that lead to self-destructive or unhealthy behaviours. An automatic thought is impulse-based; it often comes from misrepresentations and internally generated feelings such as self-doubt and fear. People often drink or abuse drugs in an attempt to mitigate these afflictive thoughts and feelings.


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.

It has also been noticed that making an attempt to visit the painful memories it becomes possible for recovering addicts to reduce the pain which is caused by them. The positive behaviours that are learnt through CBT can thereafter be used instead of using drugs or alcohol.


Treatment For Addiction And Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Whenever there is an addiction, there is usually another mental issue such as depression and anxiety disorders and these usually stem from automatic negative thoughts.

A person may be more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs when experiencing these negative thoughts.

Triggers are situations that can "trigger" cravings within the individual throughout the day and keep many people who could be addicted from improving to remain sober. The National Institute On Drug Abuse has mentioned that help can be received by recovering addicts from cognitive-behavioural therapy to deal with the triggers which result in the cravings.


How Cbt Works In Helping Patients Overcome Addiction

  • The false beliefs and insecurity issues that causes substance abuse can be resolved using CBT.
  • Using techniques that are bound to help the patient up boost moral.
  • Training people how to speak up about their feelings to others.

How To Control The Triggers

  • Know Them (recognize)
  • You need to recognise the things that make you start using the drugs.
  • Avoid The Triggers
  • Whenever appropriate or possible to remove yourself from situations, which can trigger the cravings.
  • Confront
  • This involves dealing with the thoughts and feelings that cause you to abuse the substance using methods learnt in CBT.

You can practice CBT behaviour techniques anywhere and everywhere. Patients can do a lot of CBT exercises all by themselves - at a group meeting and at home.

SMART and other such like Addiction Support groups employ the CBT techniques to help their members remain sober.


Techniques Applied In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

There are different practices that are used to overcome an addiction using CBT.

Examples of CBT techniques which are generally utilised in the treatment of addictions include the following:

  • Thought Records
  • The patients are encouraged to stop and evaluate their thoughts see if they are worth keeping them or if they are better discarded.
  • For comparison purposes, you can even list the proof for and against these negative thoughts.
  • This helps them eliminate the bad thoughts and stick with the good thoughts.

For example: "My boss thinks I'm worthless. I need to have a drink to feel better' becomes 'it's normal to commit mistakes, and I can learn from the example. My supervisor may in fact think highly of me for being able to learn from my mistakes. I feel so much better with a clear mind; I can do without a drink."

  • Behavioural Experiments
  • To see the one that has a greater effect on behaviour, the effects of positive thoughts can be compared to those of negative ones.
  • Some patients better respond to self-kindness; others - to self-criticism.
  • Behavioural experiments are just about understanding what works best for a particular individual to a situation.

Example: " "If I talk kindly to myself after binge drinking, I'll binge drink less." vs "If I'm hard on myself after binge drinking, I'll binge drink less."

  • Imagery Based Exposure
  • 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.
  • By reliving painful memories again and again, the addict can gradually mitigate the anxiety caused by these past experiences.

Example: A young guy focuses on some painful experience from his 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.

  • Pleasant Activity Program
  • It is a technique that involves working out a list for the week to come, filling it with fun and healthy, activities; it helps a person break the monotony of everyday routine.
  • The tasks included should encourage positive emotions while being uncomplicated and easy to perform.
  • 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 working in a high stress environment can take 15 minutes off the job to do something relaxing instead of turning to alcohol or drugs when overwhelmed. They may choose to use that time to listen to some music or read on something interesting.


The Difference Between Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And Other Psychotherapies

While others therapies may be less hands-on, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provides an approach that is much more attentive.

Addicts in treatment are expected to go beyond just talking to the therapist during the CBT sitting and the therapist is not just a passive listener. The therapist and addict are instead expected to treat the addiction by working hand in hand.

The foundation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on action-based treatment, which will be rapid. CBT has become a standard part of many long term rehab programs since they provide the patients with ways of coping.

It may takes years to see tangible results with most psychotherapy methods. Positive results in CBT may be visible in as little as sixteen sessions.

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. Numerous therapists and addiction treatment centres are commonly including CBT along with the recovery plans which are offered by them.