At Fenton House, our team of professionals focus on preparing our clients for life outside of rehab, therefore providing them with the necessary tools they need to prevent relapse in future, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is just one of those.
CBT is the process of challenging negative attitudes and replacing them with more positive alternatives in a bid to improve actions and behaviours. This type of talking treatment focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).
We can help you to break down your negative issues into smaller parts in a bid to make them easier to deal with. We will help you to identify the thought patterns that have been leading to your maladaptive behaviour, before showing you how to challenge them and the ways in which you can replace them with positive alternatives.
The key to CBT is examining how you think and how you behave. When you interpret a situation in a negative way, you might then experience specific emotions that can cause you to act in a negative way.
Negative thinking patterns can start from childhood or arise as a result of some kind of trauma suffered, and over time negative thoughts become automatic. This way of thinking might then affect how you feel at work, university or in your general life.
Whatever type of addiction you have, or if you are dealing with a mental health problem, CBT can work for you and your situation. We know that many of these problems have similar underlying issues and that it is negative thoughts that contribute to how you behave. By altering your thought patterns, we can help you to change the way you react to certain situations.
You need to learn how to cope without resorting to the negative behaviours that have led you to this point in your life. Fortunately, CBT is an important element in terms of making this possible.
CBT is a common tool for the treatment of mental health conditions such as chronic depression and anxiety disorder, but it is also effective for the treatment of:
Whatever illness you have, CBT can help you to change your way of thinking, which will in turn change how you act.
At Fenton House, CBT is an integral part of the recovery process. Your sessions will usually take place on a one-to-one basis with an experienced counsellor or therapist. Together, you will delve deep into your past to get to the root cause of your addictive behaviour.
Your issues will be broken down into separate parts such as your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. You and your therapist will work on identifying whether these parts are negative and unhelpful as well as how they are impacting your life. Once you have done this, you will learn ways of replacing negative and maladaptive thoughts and actions with positive alternatives.
To ensure that these positive alternatives become the norm, you are going to need to put them into practice. Your counsellor will urge you to implement these changes into your everyday life and you will then discuss this at subsequent sessions. The idea is that reinforcement will help to cement these practices as normal so that you can apply them to daily life when you return home after therapy.
CBT is used in both inpatient and outpatient programmes, and how many sessions you need will depend on how you respond to it. If you choose to continue your secondary care treatment at Fenton House, you will enter a residential programme, and if CBT is included as part of your bespoke treatment plan, you will have regular sessions on either a one-to-one basis with a counsellor or in a group setting with other recovering addicts.
We use CBT to help you change your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and we continue with sessions throughout your stay with us so that these new positive thought processes and behaviours will continue into independent sober living.
If you require a programme of outpatient care after your residential treatment comes to an end, your CBT sessions may continue. Your own response to CBT will determine the number of sessions you ultimately need.
It is our responsibility to create a bespoke treatment plan based on your needs and circumstances. While we cannot know for sure whether CBT is going to be effective or not, we will only include it in your treatment plan if we believe it is best for you.
Nonetheless, what we can tell you is that cognitive behavioural therapy has proven to be an effective tool in treating various addictions and mood disorders over the years. Research and studies have shown it to produce positive results, and our own experience mirrors this.
We believe that your thoughts and actions are intrinsically linked and that if your thoughts are negative, your actions will almost certainly follow suit. The process of challenging negative behaviour is the basis for CBT and equipping you with the skills to make a choice when these negative thoughts occur will help you to put your addictive behaviour behind you, hopefully for good.
When you learn how to see negative thoughts for what they are, you can determine whether they are justified or whether they are out of proportion in terms of the situation. When you can do this, you can then choose whether to act on these negative feelings or do something more positive instead.
We know that addiction and compulsive behaviours do not just affect the individual; they also affect family members. As part of our family recovery programme, we encourage members of your family to get involved in your treatment programme.
We do this not only for your benefit but also for theirs. We know that there may be several underlying issues within the family unit that will need to be dealt with, and we may use cognitive behavioural therapy, if appropriate, to help your loved ones get past them.
Our CBT programme is designed to be an important part of recovery and is likely to form a big part of your treatment plan. We use it in combination with other treatments, such as:
Your programme of treatment will contain elements of the above in combination with holistic therapies that will improve your overall wellbeing. You can also expect to attend work and life skills workshops and seminars and lectures on relapse prevention in preparation for your return to daily life.
If you would like more information on any aspect of our treatment programme, including CBT, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a team of friendly advisors available to answer any queries you may have or to provide information on our clinic and the programmes we provide.