Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was originally pioneered in the 1960s by a Psychiatrist for the treatment of Depression. CBT is a type of talking psychotherapy designed to challenge unhelpful and unhealthy thought patterns. It has been identified that those suffering from mood disorders and mental health issues such as Depression, experience involuntary thought processes that fall into three main categories:
Negative thoughts create negative emotions and the individual sufferer becomes powerless to pull him or herself out of a downward spiral propelled by their thinking. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has evolved since its original introduction to treat depression. It is now used to successfully treat a number of mental health illnesses including Addiction, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
At Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn, all of our patients benefit from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy delivered by our trained and qualified therapists and Counsellors. It is an important element of our rehabilitation programme. By showing the individual how to change the way that they think, they are able to change their subsequent actions. This assists in providing a firm foundation to a long and lasting recovery.
In order for an individual to fully recover from any kind of addiction or mood disorder, there must be a substantial shift in their thinking and actions. The crux of the problem with these disorders lies in the individual’s mind and their false belief systems. CBT helps to identify and change unhelpful thought patterns through a process of challenging and suggestion by the Counsellor present. Those that suffer from addiction and mood disorders tend to feel emotions much more intensively and explosively than those that don’t. This can lead them to seek instantly gratifying ways of changing the way that they feel through the use of alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviours. This is only part of the bigger picture though, as we believe those who suffer from addiction, also have a physical and spiritual aspect to their illness and suffer from a mental obsession that is beyond their control. This is why our treatment programmes contain different therapeutic elements, to ensure that each patient is treated fully on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level.
Once an individual is able to see the truth, through the aid of CBT, they are then more open to taking on a different perspective, one that is based on truth and more rational. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offers a solution-focused talking therapy that encourages the individual to think and subsequently feel differently, without the need for substances or compulsive and destructive behaviours.
We deliver this hugely effective and proven therapy during individual therapy sessions as well as in group therapy sessions. Its flexibility allows for a number of other treatment therapies to be incorporated at the same time for maximum effect. For any individual experiencing difficulties in life, realising that they can change the way that they think and feel in response to that difficulty, provides huge relief and acceptance. Whilst they cannot control what happens to them in the majority of cases, they learn that they can control how they respond and take responsibility for their own well being in that process
CBT is a process, not a quick fix. There is no quick fix to addiction or its common co-occurring illnesses. Recovery is very much an ongoing process of change, learning and growth. We teach our clients the tools needed to stay in recovery and continue to improve themselves and learn more about themselves on a daily basis. CBT is very helpful in showing the individual what it is they need to change and how they can achieve that, starting with their thinking. It has been recognised for a long time that in order to recover from addiction the sufferer needs to undergo a profound change in thinking and perception. Whilst in our therapeutic environment, each individual benefits from CBT; we tailor our programmes and therapies to target each individual’s specific treatment requirements. Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn recommend a minimum of 4 weeks inpatient treatment, but essentially the longer the individual can stay, the more they benefit from daily ongoing therapy; thus enhancing their chances of staying in recovery on a permanent basis.
Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease, and discontinuation of applying the tools of recovery ultimately ends up in the individual returning to their old ways of thinking, subsequent behaviours and relapse. Full recovery from addiction is ongoing and laying the initial foundations takes time. We, therefore, encourage our patients to consider staying with us for as long as possible. Those that stay on for secondary care and then within our tertiary therapeutic community will continue to be supported in the transition back into daily living, education and employment.
CBT assists in helping the individual to identify what is a true belief and what is a false belief. Whilst in active addiction, the tendency was to run with the first thought process, believing it to be true. For many years CBT has a proven track record in treating a number of psychological disorders by challenging and changing the thinking behind them. This powerful Psychotherapy helps to arrest unhelpful thought patterns before they spin out of control. By applying the principles of CBT, patients will be able to see the truth behind their thinking; this will empower them with the choice to either follow through on a thought process or discard it in favour of something more helpful to their recovery and to those around them. False belief systems and distressing obsessive thought patterns are at the root of negative emotions such as anxiety, fear and anger. By changing the way that they think, they will change the way that they feel.
CBT is very successful in treating a number of mental health issues, mood disorders and addictions. Here are just some of the conditions that we use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat:
Permanent recovery always starts with a solid foundation. CBT is a valuable treatment that assists in the process of change, which is why all of our Counsellors are fully trained and qualified in delivering this specific treatment methodology.
At Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn we use CBT to treat all of our patients. Whether the individual elects to follow our 12 Step programme or Strengths programme, CBT can be successfully implemented to assist in the process of change and healing. We use aspects of CBT continually throughout our group treatments and also in the individual one to one sessions. Our Counsellors practise person-centred methods of treatment; meaning that every aspect of the individual’s personal treatment needs is taken into account. We aim to unearth and treat the root causes of each individual’s illness, leaving no stone left unturned. We provide each individual with the tools that they need to live a happy and drug-free life, long after they have left the treatment environment.
For more information on our CBT programme, or any other aspect of our recovery programme, please call and talk to a member of our clinical team, who will be happy to assist you further.