Blog Posts - Cognitive-behavioral Therapy



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression Help

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps a person become aware of negative, inaccurate thinking in order to become more equipped in dealing with challenging situations. This type of psychotherapy has proven effective in...
by Recovery Advocates on Mar 23, 2016

Treat the pain… or treat the depression? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome management

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common pain disorder associated with compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel. Approximately 139 women and 67 males per 100,000 people will report this problem over the course of one year, although this de...
by Healthskills on Jan 24, 2016

How to Go from Heartless Thoughts to Healthy Ones in Recovery

Most addicts have a negative mind. The thoughts that forever emerge are heartless ones about oneself, others, or the world. An addict’s mind is like standing in the middle of a battlefield: gun shots are being fired and it’s chaos everywh...
by Recovery Advocates on Jan 8, 2016

Addiction is a Psychosocial Disorder

A psychosocial disorder is a mental illness caused or influenced by life experiences, as well as maladjusted cognitive and behavioral processes. Addiction is not always thought of as a mental illness. However, experts have agreed that in fact it is.
by Recovery Advocates on Aug 21, 2015

Depression Got You Feeling Down? These Tips Can Help!

If you feel down, you might be a depression sufferer. Read this advice and find out how to treat depression. Dealing directly with personal problems head on is a good way to help you manage depression better. Take steps to prevent things from becomin...
by Lourenzo Blog on Aug 10, 2015

Addiction Treatment That Is Evidenced Based

Today, a big focus for the field of recovery is the need for evidence based practices. Evidence-based practices are those that are based upon research and have been proven to bring health to patients in the fields of psychology and medicine. The need...
by Recovery Advocates on Jul 16, 2015

Developing a shared plan

Last week I introduced you to one way I use to develop a shared understanding of the many factors influencing how and why a person seeks help for their pain.  The person and I work together to understand his or her perspective. I use a range of open...
by Healthskills on Mar 15, 2015

Types of Counseling and Their Roles in Addiction Treamtment

Some people might underestimate the power of counseling and how important of a role it plays in opioid addiction treatment.  A person who has detoxed from opioids is still at risk for relapse.  Some factors that might increase the urge to use drugs...
by Recovery Advocates on Jan 6, 2015

The Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Having a mental illness is actually quite common in the United States, despite the judgment that most people have towards someone with a mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 26.2 of American adults have...
by Recovery Advocates on Dec 22, 2014

Drug Addiction Treatment For Those Who Started Drinking During Adolescence

When people recall being a teen, they might remember that it was the time for experimenting with drugs. It’s common to think of adolescence as a time for engaging in experiences that are new and even risky, including drug use. And for many, adolesc...
by Recovery Advocates on Dec 9, 2014

Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Eliminate Your Health Anxiety?

Those that deal with anxiety on a daily basis know how debilitating it can be. It’s also very easy to get stuck in a loop of thinking that there is no way to get any help. It’s important to also understand that there is help no matter how bad it...
by The Anxious Athlete on Dec 6, 2014

Drug Treatment and the ABC’s of Change

You’re likely in drug treatment, or considering it, because you want to change your life. Perhaps you already know that the change you want to achieve isn’t only going to require ending your substance use, but it’s also going to mea...
by Recovery Advocates on Dec 1, 2014

Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

Drug Addiction Therapy: Replace Thinking For Drinking in the Big Book

Let’s say you’ve been sober for three years. You’ve got the rhythm down. You’re no longer drinking; you’re attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and you’re surrounded by people who don’t drink. But somewhe...
by Recovery Advocates on Oct 7, 2014

After Drug Detox Here’s How To Avoid Being A Dry Drunk

Once an recovering addict has gone through drug detox and they’ve completed substance abuse treatment, they’re often still in need of much healing. In fact, although a person might have entered recovery there are still parts of his or her...
by Recovery Advocates on Sep 29, 2014

Solving The Anxiety Puzzle With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What I truly love about cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders is the idea of focusing on the here, and now. Unlike traditional therapy where they dive deep into your past history for what seems like an eternity with no results. Cognitive...
by The Anxious Athlete on Sep 26, 2014

How Everything Changes in Drug Rehab

When you’re about to enter a drug treatment center, expect your life to change. Not because you’re about to live somewhere new or because you’re going to meet new people, or even because you’re going to stop abusing drugs or a...
by Recovery Advocates on Sep 11, 2014

How does chronic pain management work? A hypothesis to ponder

There have been increasing calls for clinicians and researchers to move away from using grouped results from randomised controlled studies because these fail to distinguish between those people who do really well and those who do not. Eminent researc...
by Healthskills on Aug 24, 2014

Coalface conversations

Knowing about something doesn’t hit the heart or mind nearly as well as doing it. As regular readers of my blog will know, I teach various aspects of pain management to postgraduate health professionals who come from a wide range of disciplines...
by Healthskills on Jul 27, 2014


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