Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used in the treatment of depression and other mental illnesses, and can play a vital part in an alcoholic’s recovery.
At Private Rehab Clinics across the country, CBT is often an included module among a range of others that can all be combined to form a powerful (and specifically tailored) alcoholism rehab treatment programme for someone with an alcohol addiction.
More about the modules
As well as CBT, patients at a Private Rehab Clinic can benefit from some or all of these elements, as part of their personalised recovery programme (devised by fully qualified and vastly experienced clinicians and counsellors):
- 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy
- Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
- Medication (and Nutritional Support)
- Relapse Prevention
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Family Support
Unlike numerous other talking therapies that have failed to live up to their reputation as being the ‘solution’ for people with mental health issues, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is proven to be beneficial to bring about real change.
Whereas so many other treatments are based on the idea that it is events and setbacks in life that cause emotional trauma, upset and even life-threatening mental illnesses; CBT takes a different approach. The CBT theory suggests that: it isn’t events themselves that upset you, but the meanings you give to them. Your thoughts shape and determine your beliefs.
For example, if you say to yourself:
“I can’t face going into work today. I can’t do it. Nothing will go right.” As a result of these thoughts and of believing them you may call in sick. This is known as a person’s script.
A typical alcoholic’s script is this:
“There’s no point in me trying to give up drinking or to reduce my alcohol consumption level, because I’d never be able to do it. I haven’t got it in me to make the change. After all, whenever I’ve tried to make important changes in my life before, I’ve always failed. So, because there is a pattern of failure, the likelihood of me succeeding in kicking the booze (and not relapsing) is miniscule. So, I may as well not bother!”
How Rehab counsellors can help
Rehab personnel realise how hard it is for alcoholics to even take the first step towards addressing their addiction. They understand that, for addicts, it can be a daunting undertaking just to make that decision to get help. Therefore, they don’t expect patients to feel able to change their thinking overnight. Yes, CBT will be recommended if deemed necessary and if the Rehab team feel it could prove beneficial; but only, of course, if the patient feels comfortable with giving CBT a go.