Psychological Interventions for Addiction

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  1. Identifying faulty thoughts
  2. Skills training

Identifying irrational thoughts:

  • Cognitive biases
  • Insight to why the individual is indulging in the behaviour
  • Client and therapist identify high risk situations

Skills training:

  • Skills training related to control of addiction . E.g. Refusing the drug when it is offered
  • How to substitute positive activities and rewards for the habits associated with an addictive lifestyle
  • To tolerate other strong emotions such as depression and anger



Ladoucer Et Al (2001): randomly allocated 66 gamblers to either

  1. CBT group where their irrational thoughts about gambling were questioned and they were given training in relapse prevention
  2. Control group - placed on a waiting list

Findings:  86% of CBT…


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