The recent tragic death of the esteemed MP, Charles Kennedy, has highlighted the problems associated with addiction. Sadly Mr Kennedy’s death was connected to his ongoing battles with alcoholism.
CBT Can Help
Many addicts suffer from problems of low self-esteem and lack of self worth. They often have unrealistic aims and goals, when an addict doesn’t attain these ambitions their lives frequently descend into a downward spiral and they turn to their addiction for comfort. CBT helps those suffering from addiction to:
- Recognise the power of their addiction
- Learn about the triggers that can cause problems
- Take each day at a time, with the eventual result of achieving long term goals
- Learn to embrace change
The Glass Half Empty
Many of those with addiction problems will often perceive life as a series of obstacles, rather than challenges. Use of CBT in treatment helps addicts realise that they can overcome many of their problems by looking at situations in a different light. CBT aims to show addicts that life can be manageable and that asking for help is always better than self-medication from a bottle or drug.
The Glass Half Full
The first CBT sessions will work with the client looking at their current life and the choices that they make. Once a patient starts to identify certain triggers in their life and look at ways of dealing with these triggers, their self-esteem should improve.
CBT isn’t a magic panacea, but it does have a proven track record and has helped numerous addicts review their actions, and consequently change their lives for the better.