What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT has helped countless people the world over to change how they see the world and interact with others.
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What is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a common method of therapy in addiction rehab and treatment but is also used to treat a multitude of other conditions, such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Eating Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For those suffering from substance addiction and/or addictive behaviours, CBT can show that harmful actions and negative emotions associated with behaviour or substance abuse may be linked to past experiences, trauma, and environmental factors.
Once a client can understand why they feel a certain way towards a substance or behaviour, they can effectively learn to undo the connection between the emotional response and the thought process that leads to abuse.
Many therapists ask for detailed histories, including autobiographies, in order to bring out the pertinent life experiences which are affecting the person in the present.
These instinctive negative thought patterns are often referred to as automatic thoughts, negative impulses that are often built through misconceptions and internalized feelings that can cause doubt and fear. In order to regulate these automatic thoughts, people will often attempt to self-medicate by numbing the emotional response through drug and alcohol abuse.
Automatic thoughts will often be linked to painful memories and past trauma, and by revisiting these instances regularly a patient can unlearn the connections that they currently have and replace them with positive behaviours and ideation.