Cognitive – Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that can help people to change their behavior by changing underlying negative beliefs about themselves or others.  CBT also helps people think about things in a more positive and constructive manner –  which in turn allows individuals to see themselves, others and/or a given situation in a broader, clearer perspective.  This leads to positive and constructive behavioral changes. 

CBT has been shown to be effective in treating addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, and shopping.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  has been widely used in many settings, and research has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in assisting those suffering from addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex, and shopping. Through a structured program of self-exploration that enables individuals to recognize the connections between their often-time history of trauma,  thoughts, feelings, and behavior, CBT helps clients develop healthier coping skills and strengthens their ability to resist urges. Furthermore, it supports them in building better relationships with themselves and others. By teaching individuals how to modify the interplay among cognitions, emotions and physical sensations experienced during cravings, CBT treatments offer long-term solutions that can be maintained long after therapy is complete.

Addiction is a serious problem that can ruin lives and damage families

Addiction is a widespread issue that has the potential to transform a life from one of joy and fulfillment to one of pain, despair and difficulty. It affects not only the person who is addicted, but also their family, friends and colleagues. Addiction can have an incredibly negative impact on many elements of life; for example, relationships can break down due to addiction leading to poor communication, arguments and financial issues. Moreover, addicts risk causing serious physical health issues because of obtaining drugs illegally or taking them in excess. Mental health problems are also common among addicts due to guilt, depression or other psychological complications related to their use of drugs or activities associated with addiction. Ultimately they put themselves at risk of harm due to irrational decision-making. It’s clear that getting help as soon as possible is a must for any addict – early intervention can be key in addressing the issue properly and finding a way back towards healthy living.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please seek professional help

Addictions can be incredibly difficult to manage, especially when struggling alone. If you or someone you know is having a hard time overcoming their addiction, seeking professional help could be an extremely beneficial step in the right direction. It can provide the necessary structure and guidance not only in terms of understanding your addiction, but also with tools for making lasting changes for a healthier lifestyle. This kind of help should never be overlooked – there are qualified experts available that will support you or someone you know on their road to recovery helping one get the assistance that is essential for creating a healthier future.

* While CBT is a very helpful modality to treat a variety of addictions, it is most effective when it is part of a wholistic perspective and  coupled with other treatment modalities such as neurofeedback, somatic therapies, hypnosis, mediation, yoga, acupuncture, 12 step programs, and nutritional counseling.