CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?

In a nutshell, the cognitive model proposes that dysfunctional thinking…is common to all psychological disturbances…When people learn to evaluate their thinking in a more realistic and adaptive way, they experience improvements in their emotional state and in their behaviour.
- Judith S. Beck & Aaron T.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is concerned with the relationship between thoughts and behaviour. One of the assumptions here is that the way you feel about a situation will depend on your beliefs about it. It also means that the way you act in any given situation is going to be influenced by your beliefs, so changing these beliefs is going to impact your behaviour. CBT is an evidence-based practice, and this means that its effectiveness is backed by reputable research. 

'Obsession is when we take a little reality and add our fantasy to it – as Shakespeare said "There is nothing either good or bad, that thinking makes better" I find using CBT is the safest work through my difficulties'

CBT for People Dealing with Addiction Problems

CBT is one of the pillars of the treatment programme offered here at Hope Rehab (the other three pillars are mindfulness, 12-step work, and wellness therapy). This approach helps you understand how your thoughts affect your behaviour, and it provides you with tools to help you stay sober and live more effectively.

Two important ways in which CBT can help your recovery is by teaching you to recognise high-risk situations, and by providing you with tools for coping and dealing with potential threats. 

Our Counselors use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to give you the tools to stay clean
Our Therapy programs are tailor-made to give you the tools you need for recovery

The ABC Model

“One of the underlying reasons why recovering addicts are still prone to react with powerful urges to various stimulus (high-risk) situations is that their basic beliefs regarding the relative advantages and disadvantages of drug taking have not changed substantially.” - Aaron T, Beck, Cory F. Newman, Bruce S. Liese & Fred D. Wright – Cognitive Therapy of Substance Abuse

Dysfunctional beliefs are one of the driving forces behind addictive behaviour. An example of this would be the idea that you are boring and uptight if you don’t drink or take drugs. The desire not to be viewed as a ‘grumpy kill-joy’ can be used as an excuse to relapse until the person accepts that the assumption about sober people being boring is a dysfunctional belief. 

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ABC exercise of CBT

The ABC model is a tool that you can use to better understand how your beliefs impact your behaviour. It breaks a situation down into three components that include:

  • Activating event something happens 
  • Beliefs how you react to this event will be influenced by your beliefs about it
  • Consequences the emotions, thoughts, and behaviours that arise as a result of your beliefs about what happened 

The ABC model is going to be easier to understand if we use an actual example. John’s girlfriend has told him their relationship is over (activating event). He reacts badly to the news, and he decides that this means his life is over (belief) and that he has lost his only chance of happiness. John becomes depressed and turns to alcohol for comfort (consequences).

During your time at Hope Rehab, you are going to be encouraged to use the ABCs to rid yourself of dysfunctional beliefs. This simple tool is not only effective at helping you deal with addiction thoughts, but any belief that is holding you back. With practice, applying the ABCs to situations becomes a habit, and this is going to boost your self-esteem and increase your ability to behave effectively in life. 

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

"For everyone that comes to Hope and changes their life, I know alot more peoples lives are improved - The three steps to change are 1, summoning the courage needed to look at yourself and make the change, 2, to unload the burdens you are carrying, and 3, getting in touch with the innocence child within and resolving your inner conflicts. Recovery is an adventure, a Hero’s journey"