What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured, short-term approach which 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 questions, 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 at Castle Craig

We help patients to understand that they must 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.