Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Step by Step Recovery offer the latest in proven addiction and co occurring illness therapeutic treatments. This means that we offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as part of our detox support and rehabilitation programme treatment.

CBT has proven to be highly effective in treating addiction and many other mental health illnesses, including: Clinical Depression, Anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Eating Disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Overeating, Trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), bereavement related depression (reactive depression) and stress.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been around for many years and was initially developed to treat those suffering from clinical depression. It has since been proven to be a very effective treatment for a number of mental health disorders, including addiction.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural therapy is a type of talking therapy that should only be delivered by a qualified Therapist, Psychologist or Counsellor. Its purpose, is to help individuals self manage their illness, through addressing problems and behaviours. This is achieved through a process of challenging and changing the way that they think and subsequently act.

Addiction, like many other mental health illnesses, incorporates a number of false belief systems – low self worth, low self esteem and the belief that others are against them or do not understand them are common characteristics. Addiction is a very compulsive illness and includes a number of obsessive thought patterns, that the individual becomes powerless to break free from.

CBT is highly advocated by the NHS and recognised medical professionals around the world for its therapeutic benefits in treating addiction and its common co occurring illnesses.

Its flexibility means that is can be successfully delivered within a group setting, or in an individual one to one. It can also be specifically adapted to each individual’s different treatment needs.

How Does CBT Help Treat Addiction?

Addiction is a disease of the brain. Over time and exposure to pleasure enhancing substances or activities, the brain rewires itself to compulsively seek the pleasurable rewards of addiction, regardless of negative consequences or cost to the individuals own well being.

Addiction notoriously hijacks the individuals brain and takes over their thinking, so all they can think about is how to get high and escape reality, as they they see it.

By applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to addiction, the obsessive thought patterns, unhealthy and destructive behaviors and false belief systems can be challenged and changed. Over time and with continuous exposure to CBT, the brain can eventually rewire itself to think more healthily.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is solution focused and encourages and fosters healthy change.

For someone who suffers from addiction, a chronic relapsing brain disease, they must undergo a profound change in their thinking and behaviours in order to maintain recovery and abstinence. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can play a crucial part in achieving this.

What The NHS says about CBT

The UK’s NHS recommends CBT for a number of mental health related conditions and illnesses. They say:

“CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your a state of mind on a daily basis”

Step By Step Recovery’s Counsellors, Therapists, and our Psychologist, are very experienced and qualified in delivering integrative and person-centred Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We have the absolute pleasure of witnessing our client’s thinking transform through the application of CBT on a daily basis, and so wholeheartedly believe in its healing powers.

What Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Treats

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been consistently proven to be effective in treating a number of mental health related illnesses and conditions, including:

  • Addiction
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Eating Disorders, such as Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa and Compulsive Overeating
  • Behavioural/process addictions, such as gambling, sex, shopping, co-dependency, love addiction, work addiction and more
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems, including insomnia
  • Alcohol and drug misuse, abuse and dependence

The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Step By Step Recovery believe in treating all addictions and co occurring / dual diagnosis illnesses simultaneously, within the safe and supportive environment of our Lighthouse rehab clinic, idyllically situated by a beautiful beach in South Essex.

CBT is a fundamental part of the addiction treatment that we deliver, due to its proven healings benefits. Here are some of the main benefits that CBT has to offer:

  • Challenges and offers solution focused change to unhealthy thought processes
  • Encourages ownership of problems and resolution seeking
  • Challenges unhealthy and maladaptive thought processes and behaviours
  • Provides critical concepts of addiction and how to abstain
  • Fosters new healthier coping mechanisms through suggestion and challenging
  • Emphasises the practice of new skills, through the mastery of implementation and practice
  • Assists in breaking through maladaptive thoughts to get to the truth
  • Offers a different perspective to destructive thoughts
  • Assists in breaking down problems into achievable measures
  • Assists the brain in adopting new healthier thoughts processes, whereby the individual is taught
  • Assists through practice and ownership, to change the mindset and calm erratic thinking
  • Assists clients in seeing the truth of their condition and situation, encouraging change and providing hope and inspiration to do so
  • Helps clients to process and make sense of difficult thoughts and the emotions attached to those thoughts
  • Fosters the belief that asking for help is a good thing and not a sign of weakness
  • Increases self esteem and self worth, as clients start to notice change in themselves and in how they respond to and treat others
  • Assists the client in stepping into the shoes of others, so they can come to understand and respect others perspectives, actions, opinions and beliefs
  • Motivates and assists clients to move forwards and not stay “stuck” in the past

How We Use CBT as Part of Our Rehab Programme

Step By Step Recovery use CBT in the majority of the therapies that we deliver. We treat clients using a person-centred and integrated approach. We believe in treating all illnesses presenting simultaneously. This has been repeatedly proven to be the best method of treatment. Neglecting to treat any illness that a client is suffering from can result in relapse; so we feel it is vital to unearth and address all issues whilst they are in our care.

If you would like more information on how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you or a loved one to recover from addiction, or would like more information on our inpatient detox and rehabilitation programme, please do call us; we are here to listen and to help.