Alcohol Counselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Your alcohol counselling will probably include writing a history of your drinking experiences, describing what you consider to be risky situations. You may then be assigned activities to help you cope when exposed to “cues” (places or circumstances that trigger their desire to drink). You may also be given tasks that are designed to replace your drinking habits.

CBT Increases In Self-Confidence

Cognitive-behavioural therapy also tries to restructure thinking that perpetuates drinking, such as feelings of low self-worth. A person with alcohol issues who begins to have feelings of guilt, shame, or sadness concerning their drinking may not know how to handle such feelings and will turn to drinking in order to cope, thus continuing the cycle. If they are taught how to eliminate such self-defeating thoughts and behaviours, their self-confidence will increase. This sense of self-efficacy will enable them to cope with stress-inducing (and relapse-causing) situations without using alcohol. Other cognitive-behavioural methods aim to replace the drinking with another activity, such as relaxation techniques which can be implemented anytime the desire to drink arises.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is perhaps the best-known and most-practiced of the behavioural therapies for alcohol counselling. It is already used in treatment, both explicitly and implicitly, in many of the best alcoholism treatment centres around the world, and is also used by support groups that exist to support those looking for help with their alcohol issues.

The goal of alcohol counselling using CBT can be to teach you or your loved one how to avoid certain triggers and how to cope better effectively with those that are unavoidable or unexpected.

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