The cognitive behavioural tools and strategies that you learn here at Castle Craig help you identify what needs to be changed in your life, and through working collaboratively with therapists and others in your group to you will begin to instigate those changes in your life.
Our therapists work with patients collaboratively to find appropriate tools and strategies for many different situations. You will be shown how to identify inflexible negative thought patterns and assess them as objectively as possible, looking for evidence of each thought as they happen.
The more you practise, the easier it becomes. Eventually, after 5 weeks in residential rehab, you will have a variety of skills to take with you and apply to everyday real life.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT is a structured, short-term approach that works well with the time scale of treatment at our addiction rehab clinic. Together the patient and therapist set an agenda with goals for the session. The therapist introduces coping skills and explores the patient’s reactions.
Patients receive homework exercises which they review and discuss in the following session. It is a personalised, flexible therapy that can be adapted to a wide range of people as well and a variety of settings including group or individual therapy.
CBT is a personalised ‘talking therapy’ that changes negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that block recovery.
Our therapists trained in CBT help addicted patients to:
- Recognise situations involving other people or situations which could lead to relapse;
- Cope more effectively with their reactions and responses to these situations;
- Learn how to avoid negative feelings;
- Address situations in a more positive and assertive manner.
CBT in addiction treatment
We help patients to understand that it can be an advantage to exercise personal responsibility rather than accept the role of victim. The dismantling of denial, the development of self-awareness and positive insight into their addiction brings about a major change in attitude. CBT is our therapy of choice for dual-diagnosis, particularly eating disorders.
CBT and 12 Step therapy?
The Castle Craig 12 Step programme is a programme about change, a programme for life. It works in parallel with CBT by:
- Identifying what needs to be changed in your life;
- Fundamentally changing the way that you think from the dysfunctional to the positive and assertive;
- Allowing you to work collaboratively with therapists and others to instigate these changes in your life.
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Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | October 12, 2021