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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

At Charterhouse Clinic, we provide up-to-date, trusted and reliable therapies for the treatment of addiction and related illness. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one approach that we have used successfully with many of our patients as part of our detoxification and rehabilitation services.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been repeatedly proven to excel in treating addictions, as well as a variety of mental health illnesses, including: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety disorders, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia and Overeating), Clinical Depression, Bereavement Related Depression (Reactive Depression) and general stress.

Defining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT uses spoken communication between the patient and a qualified Therapist, Psychologist or Counsellor. The aim of CBT is to empower patients to resolve their own illness by addressing causes of problems and resultant behaviours. CBT involves examining thought processes, with the intention of challenging and transforming the ones that result in dysfunctions and problematic actions/behaviours.

Addiction is similar to numerous other mental health problems in that it usually includes a variety of limiting and false belief systems – resulting in a sense of low self worth and low self esteem. Addiction often involves compulsive and obsessive thinking which the individual may have great difficulty changing on their own.

CBT is widely respected by the British National Health Service (NHS) and a wide variety of medical professionals internationally, for its effectiveness in treating addictions and the commonly co occurring illnesses.

CBT is adaptable, which means that it is able to be used successfully in both a group environment and also individually – one on one. The needs of each individual can be carefully considered when adapting the use of CBT on a case by case basis.

Why CBT is effective at treating addictions

Addiction is a disease state that changes the addict’s brain and as a result of repeated exposure to substances (or activities) that stimulate pleasure, the brain becomes ‘rewired’ to compulsively seek more of the same stimulation. Those suffering with addiction typically seek to satisfy their compulsions without pausing to consider the negative consequences or the potential cost to their own health and wellbeing. Addiction effectively dominates the brain and heavily limits thinking so that thoughts of getting high and also escapism tend to prevail, while other topics are denied.

CBT can correct the obsessive thought patterns and unhealthy behaviours that keep addicts in traps of their own creation. With repeated application and continued attention and focus, CBT can open the needed space in the mind of those suffering with addiction, such that their brain can transform and more healthy thoughts and patterns become their new normal.

Addiction is defined as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease” and so addicts need to experience a radical shift in their thinking and also their behaviours to ensure they can recover and avoid future relapse into old, dysfunctional patterns. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a highly effective tool for enabling such profound transformation.

The UK National Health Service recommend CBT

CBT is recommended by the UK’s NHS for use in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions and illnesses and have stated that:

“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.”

The expert medical team at Charterhouse Clinic are highly experienced and qualified in delivering integrative CBT for our patients. We regularly see first hand the way that CBT promotes powerful transformation in the minds of those who are suffering, which ultimately leads them to heal and enjoy life much more than perhaps they ever have before. We do not hesitate to recommend CBT for anyone who wants to recover from addiction.

Issues that CBT can treat

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been repeatedly shown to produce great results when used to treat a variety of mental health illnesses and conditions, including:

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

What are the benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

We at Charterhouse Clinic treat all addictions and co occurring / dual diagnosis illnesses simultaneously, within the luxurious and supportive setting of our clinic, set right in the heart of England. CBT is key in the way that we treat our patients and in producing the great results that we consistently deliver. The following are some of the primary benefits of CBT:

  • Help instill productive coping mechanisms for difficult challenges.
  • Provides a way to transform psychological challenges, such as unhealthy thought patterns, with workable solutions.
  • Provides ways to develop mental abilities that can correct and clear destructive thought patterns.
  • Promotes personal responsibility and self empowerment.
  • Facilitates the replacement of dysfunctional behaviours.
  • Provides education regarding the important concepts that surround addiction and subsequent recovery.
  • Includes focus on the development of new skills.
  • Directs patients towards cutting through denials and false beliefs, leading ultimately to the light of truth.
  • Simplifies complex challenges into more manageable, achievable tasks and objectives.
  • Calms imbalanced and erratic thinking.
  • Opens space for acceptance of the reality of the patient’s condition/situation – allowing for a new level of understanding and inspiration to commit to change.
  • Empowers and refines mental and emotional processing to allow for improved clarity of insight and cognition.
  • Respects the understanding that it is not wrong to ask for help and to receive it.
  • Improves self esteem and clears the limited thinking that has resulted in a low sense of self worth.
  • Teaches the ability to view situations through the eyes of others, to promote respect for those with differing perspectives on life.
  • Helps patients to be in the present moment, while also accelerating their healing process as they move on into a brighter future.

Our approach to using CBT

Our expert medical and therapeutic team uses CBT in some form in many of the varying types of therapies that we provide. We use a person-centred, holistic approach and address all the identified illnesses simultaneously. This multi-faceted approach has been repeatedly proven to be the optimal way of treating the kinds of challenges we routinely see.  We understand very well that if we fail to treat any form of illness that our patients are suffering from, the result may well be that they eventually relapse and so we know just how essential it is that we uncover and resolve any and all issues as they are discovered.

Our team are always ready to answer your questions about how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and our other therapies can help anyone to recover from addiction. If you would like more information on our detox and rehabilitation programmes, you can contact us at any time – we are always ready to take your call.

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