Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short, is a proven therapy used to treat many emotional and mental health problems. CBT has been used historically in successfully treating conditions such as addiction, depression, and phobias. Sanctuary Lodge offers a treatment programme that includes many aspects of CBT.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is based on the principle that thought patterns are responsible feelings and emotions. If the thinking is dysfunctional or out of perspective, then then this affects feelings and emotions that are evoked in response. Many individuals suffering from addiction suffer with poor impulse control or an impulse disorder; this means that they act on the feelings that are created by dysfunctional thinking. The outcome is an irrational response to an event based on the individual’s perception and thought process. Conditions such as addiction or other self -destructive disorders manifest as the individual tries to manage his or her emotions or feelings by either supressing or diverting.
Sanctuary Lodge therapies are concentrated on challenging dysfunctional thought processes, as this is the root cause of how the individual responds emotionally to life and to other people. By encouraging our clients to take responsibility for their own feelings and emotions, we are effectively encouraging them to challenge and change their way of thinking. Many of our therapies open our clients’ minds to learning and growth. Substance addiction and other mental health conditions close the sufferer’s mind and stop them from moving forward in life. They become painfully trapped and a victim to their own thinking. Unless their thinking changes, lessons are not learned and the same self- destructive behaviours are repeated over and over again. For a good recovery, their thinking must change, as must their response to emotions and feelings.