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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Against Addictions

Learning About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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.

In the 1960s Dr. Aaron T. Beck founded a type of mental health counselling known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


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Overcoming addiction calls for many resources and people. Outpatient or Inpatient addiction treatment programs will help you achieve sobriety and keep from relapsing. There are mental health specialists on hand to help you learn life skills that will keep you on the path to recovery.

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Cognitive behavioural therapy helps people deal with dysfunctional thoughts and feelings and to recover from addiction.


CBT is now an internationally accepted mode of treatment for addictions. Getting in control of your thoughts and perception about life an addiction will help in overcoming this behaviours and this is something the patients are trained on at CBT.

Apart from addiction, CBT is also used for treating co-occurring disorders such as:

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

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How Cbt Works

CBT recognizes that many behaviours and feeling are dangerous and make no sense. The feelings and behaviours of people could be coming as a direct result from past experiences and factors related to the environment.

With the help of cognitive behavioural therapists, recovering addicts can fetch out negative "automatic thoughts" of their own. Involuntary ideas from a sudden urge and frequently emanates from a mistaken belief and a subconscious way of thinking based on low esteem and fear. People often drink or abuse drugs in an attempt to mitigate these afflictive thoughts and feelings.


A person can stop their over dependency on drugs if they identify the thoughts and emotions that lead them to abuse drugs or behaviour in a certain way.

These addiction can be gradually minimised if they address the past experiences and thoughts. Once they can cope with the issues without freaking out, they are then taught how to cultivate healthy habits in place of the substances they were addicted to.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And Treatment For 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.

What this says is dark thoughts have a higher possibility of making a person start abusing substances.

It may be hard for a person trying to stop drug addiction to do so when they are in the same environment that led them to that behaviour in the first place. Based on the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBT employs three keys to help those battling addiction resist triggers.


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 the patient on how to express themselves better.

Keys For Controlling Triggers

  • Recognise
  • Identify which factor provokes taking drugs or drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid
  • Stay away from places and situations that make you want to drink or take the drugs.
  • Cope With Triggers
  • Apply the CBT skills you have learned to sort through your thoughts and emotions to beat the urge to indulge.

You don't have to be at the centres to try using the CBT techniques of overcoming addiction. CBT patients can use the techniques at home, office or join a support group.

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


Methods Used In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

In order to help with addiction recovery cognitive behavioural therapists are known to utilise specific exercises.

Some of these practices are:

  • 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.
  • The participants are supposed to evaluate their thoughts critically to see the downsides it is causing to their lives.
  • This helps them eliminate the bad thoughts and stick with the good 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. If I learn from my mistakes and heed my manager's advice, she will appreciate it. I don't need any alcohol to bolster my self-esteem."

  • 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.

Example: "when I criticize myself after indulging in too much drink, I drink less" vs. "when I encourage myself that I am better off without so much drinking, I drink less."

  • Imagery Based Exposure Technique
  • Here, the patients are encouraged to remember something bad that happened before that causes them to feel terrible.
  • They capture their every emotion, sight, sound, impulse and thought they felt at that moment.
  • This will get rid of any nervousness they have been feeling.

Example: A young guy focuses on some painful experience from his childhood. He reproduces every feeling and emotion which he experienced at that moment. The consistent exposure to his past begins to cause him less pain and reduces the requirement to self-medicate with the use of alcohol or drugs.

  • The Schedule of Pleasant Activities
  • This is a practice involving creating a healthy weekly list, entertaining practices to halt an individual's daily activities.
  • 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: An accountant who is feeling overworked could schedule a few minutes of relaxation everyday during his work hours instead of drinking while working. He utilises that moment to get and appreciate a fresh song from a new singer.


What Is The Difference Between Cbt Vs Other Kinds Of Psychotherapy

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

At CBT sessions, recovering addicts do not just talk, and their therapists do not just listen passively to patients. Both the therapist and the patient are actively involved in the therapy session and work together.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on actions and faster recovery. Most 60 to 90 day rehab programs incorporate CBT to give individuals instant ways of coping.

Some kinds of psychotherapy can take years until they produce a reliable result. Positive results in CBT may be visible in as little as sixteen sessions.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be adapted to make it effective during inpatient and outpatient sessions, along with individual and group counselling environments. CBT is a regular part of the treatment program as far as many rehab centres and addiction specialists are concerned.