Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviours can block recovery, and CBT can help break through these barriers since talking therapy allows patients to move on from their past and work positively towards a future characterised by abstinence. CBT therapy involves the following topics:

CBT is a personalised ‘talking therapy’ that changes negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that block recovery.
  • Recognise situations whereby certain people or situations that could lead to relapse, and cope effectively with their reactions and responses to these situations
  • Learn how to avoid negative feelings and address situations in a more positive and assertive manner.

A Structured, Short-Term Approach to Rehab

CBT is a structured, short-term approach and works very well with the time-scale of treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic.  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.

What Happens in a CBT Session?

  • Firstly both patient and therapist set an agenda with goals for each session.
  • The therapist questions the patient on various topics, introduces coping skills and explores the patient’s reactions.
  • Patients receive homework so that they can review topics to discuss in the following session.

CBT in Addiction Treatment at Smarmore Castle

The role of victim is strongly discouraged in CBT and patients are helped to develop a more robust and responsible outlook.  The dismantling of denial, the development of self-awareness and positive insight into the disease of addiction brings about major changes in patients' attitudes.