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CBT helps in coping with overwhelming problems by dividing them up into more manageable parts
The first dimension of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on social learning theory. According to cognitive-behavior theory, alcohol and drug addiction are considered learned behaviors that people develop through experience. If substance abuse repeatedly provides desirable results like feeling good, relief from anxiety or depression then it is very likely this will become the only method of obtaining these results. This is especially true in cases where people lack healthy means for achieving these same results.
The second dimension of CBT theory suggests that it’s not events or what happens that upset us, but the meaning or interpretation we give these events. When the meanings we attribute to every day events are inaccurate or irrational, this may cause a person to respond inappropriately. These inaccurate “cognitive” or thought processes lead to unhealthy moods and behavior, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
During the initial assessment and throughout treatment at Cold Creek Wellness Center we utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to accomplish three objectives. First is to identify the needs that drugs and alcohol are satisfying. Second is to facilitate learning alternative skills that satisfy these same needs. Finally to uncover any irrational thoughts that may be the source of negative emotions
CBT is used to help individuals change how they think (Cognitive) and what they do (Behavior). Making these changes has a significant impact on the way people feel. An essential aspect of CBT involves dealing with the symptoms and problems you are experiencing right now, rather than focusing on what caused your program in the past. Understanding and dealing with problems from the past is important, but improving how we respond to current and future situations is more important.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people to understand:
CBT has proven effective in treating many different problems including: stress, anxiety, depression, phobias like agoraphobia and social phobia, panic attacks, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) bipolar disorder and psychosis. CBT can also help people struggling with low self esteem, anger and even some physical health problems.
CBT helps in coping with overwhelming problems by dividing them up into more manageable parts. This allows people to see how these issues are related and how this impacts their life.
A problem is divided into parts as follows:
A Triggering Event – a problem, setback or difficult situation
A Triggering Event results in:
- Thoughts Emotions
- Physical Feelings (Anxiety, Stress etc.)
Our thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions are all related. A thought may trigger one or more emotions, which can in turn effect how we feel physically. The end result is usually some type of response (action). These responses are said to be either helpful, or unhelpful. Depending on how you think about them.
This example highlights two completely different results to the same triggering event. The outcome was determined by what the person thought about the situation. How someone thinks affected how they felt and what they did in response. The unhelpful response in the right hand column the person made a false assumption with very little supporting evidence.
This is significant because is resulted in:
Clearly, negative things can and do happen. But when we are in a disturbed state of mind, we may be basing our predictions and interpretations on a prejudiced view of the situation, making the difficulty that we face seem much worse. CBT helps people to correct these misinterpretations.