A Psychiatrist for the treatment of Depression, originally pioneered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the 1960’s. CBT is a type of talking psychotherapy designed to challenge and change unhelpful and unhealthy thought patterns. It has been identified that those suffering from addiction, co-occurring disorders and mental health illnesses such as Depression, PTSD and OCD, experience involuntary thought processes that fall into three main categories:
Oasis Bradford use elements of CBT in our workshops, process groups and individual key worker one to one sessions to help our clients overcome and disregard unhelpful thinking in favour of solution focused and positive thinking.
Negative thoughts create negative emotions and the individual sufferer becomes powerless to pull him or herself out of a downward spiral of negative and self-destructive thinking. We aim to challenge and change this with the use of CBT, so that our clients are able to think more clearly and rationally for themselves whilst undergoing detox, which can prove to be exceptionally mentally challenging.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has evolved, since its original introduction to treat depression. It is now used to successfully treat a number of mental health illnesses including Addiction, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.
At Oasis Bradford detox clinic, all of our clients benefit from elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy delivered by our keyworkers and support staff, who have a sound understanding of the basics of CBT. It is an important element of our holistic programme. By showing the individual how to change the way that they think, they are able to change their subsequent actions. This assists in providing a firm foundation to a long and lasting recovery.
In order for an individual to fully recover from any kind of addiction or co-occurring illness, there must be a substantial shift in their thinking and subsequent actions. The crux of the problem with disorders such as addiction lies in the individual’s mind and their false belief systems and thinking patterns. CBT helps to identify and change unhelpful thoughts, through a process of challenging and suggestions made by the recovery worker facilitating the group or one to one session. Those that suffer from addiction and its common co-occurring illnesses tend to feel emotions much more intensively and explosively than those that don’t. This can lead to them to seeking instantly gratifying ways of changing the way that they feel through the use of alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviours. This is only part of the bigger picture though; we believe those who suffer from addiction, also have a physical and spiritual aspect to their illness and suffer from a mental obsession that is beyond their own mental control without the correct treatment. At Oasis Bradford we utilise elements of CBT on a daily basis when treating our clients, but to reap the full benefits of CBT, it is strongly advised that our clients then go on to one of our rehab centres for intensive therapy and counselling to unearth and treat the root causes of their condition.
The Truth of CBT
Once an individual is able to see the truth, through the aid of CBT, they are then more open to taking on a different perspective, one that is based on truth and rational thinking. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offers a solution-focused talking therapy that encourages the individual to think and subsequently feel differently, without the need for alcohol, substances or compulsive and destructive behaviours.
CBT’s flexibility allows for a number of other treatment therapies to be incorporated at the same time for maximum effect. For any individual experiencing difficulties in life, realising that they can change the way that they think and feel in response to that difficulty, provides huge relief and acceptance. Whilst they cannot control what happens to them in the majority of cases, they are able to learn that they can control how they respond and take responsibility for their own wellbeing in that process
How Long Does CBT Take to Work?
CBT is a process not a quick fix. There is no quick fix to addiction or its common co-occurring illnesses. At Oasis Bradford, we aim to provide our clients with the basic tools to support their detoxification from alcohol and drugs. Whilst we deliver elements of CBT throughout each individual’s detox, we strongly recommend that they then immediately go on to one of our many other CQC regulated rehabs situated all over the UK for a comprehensive and bespoke rehabilitation programme; our nearest centre is based in Runcorn.
As previously explained detoxification is only the start of recovery; in order for an addict to stay clean and sober, it is essential that they change their thinking and behaviours. Our exemplary rehabilitation clinics deliver CBT, along with DBT intensively, to help bring about a drastic positive change in the individual’s thinking, and subsequent behaviours and actions.
Recovery is very much an ongoing process of change, learning and growth. CBT is very helpful in showing the individual what it is they need to change and how they can achieve that, starting with their core belief systems and thought processes. Whilst in our detox environment at Bradford, each individual benefits from CBT to assist in them completing their detox and becoming open to change and further rehabilitation.
We tailor our care plans and therapies to target each individual’s specific treatment requirements during their detoxification process. Ideally, we recommend that in order to gain the full benefits of a rehabilitation programme, that each client goes on to complete a 12 week rehabilitation treatment plan at one of our other rehab treatment centres. By doing this they are vastly improving their chances of staying sober and clean permanently.
Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease, and discontinuation of applying the tools of recovery ultimately ends up in the individual returning to their old ways of thinking, subsequent behaviours and relapse. Laying the firm foundations of permanent recovery takes time. This is why we feel it is imperative that each client that undergoes a medical detox with us, then immediately goes on to complete a full bespoke rehabilitation programme, addressing the key issues that are the driving force behind their addiction.
CBT assists in helping the individual to identify what is a true belief and what is a false belief. Whilst in active addiction, their tendency was to run with the first thought process, believing it to be true. For many years CBT has a proven track record of treating a number of psychological disorders by challenging and changing the thinking behind them. This extremely powerful and successful Psychotherapy helps to arrest unhelpful thought patterns before they spin out of control. By applying the principles of CBT, patients will be able to see the truth behind their thinking; this will empower them with the choice to either follow through on a thought process or discard it in favour of something more helpful to their recovery. False belief systems and distressing obsessive thought patterns are at the root of negative emotions such as anxiety, victimisation, fear and anger – Common triggers for relapse. By changing the way that they think, they will change the way that they feel.
CBT is very successful in treating a number of mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders and addictions. Here are just some of the conditions that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be successfully used to treat:
All of our Counsellors that work within our rehabilitation clinics are fully qualified and very experienced in delivering this specific treatment methodology.
For more information on CBT, or any other aspect of treatment at Bradford and our other centres, please call and talk to a member of our clinical team, who will be happy to assist you further.