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It has been proven through major research studies that Cognitive-Behavioural treatments are among the most frequently evaluated psychosocial approaches for the treatment of addiction and have a comparatively strong level of empirical support.


A CBT programme is a highly structured, directive, interactive and work orientated, and is a short-term, brief approach well suited and compatible with adjunctive treatments such as (AA) or (NA) and pharmacotherapy.

The client and the therapist work together towards understanding problems in terms of the relationship between Thoughts Feelings and Behaviour. CBT also works effectively with Dual Diagnosis which is the term used when a person suffers from a substance addiction problem and another mental health issue such as depression, and anxiety.


In the role of addiction treatment Cognitive Behavioural Therapies two crucial components are functional analysis and skills training.


The therapist and client work together to identify the client's thoughts, feelings and circumstances of the client before they drank or used drugs or gambled. This helps the client determine the risks that are likely to lead to a relapse.

Functional Analysis can also give a client insight into why they drank or used drugs or gambled in the first place and identify situations in which the client has coping difficulties.


If a person is at a point where they need professional treatment for their alcohol or drug of dependency, chances are they are using alcohol or drugs as their main means of coping with their problems. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is to get that person to learn or relearn better coping skills.

At its core CBT entails teaching coping skills and helping clients recognise high risk situations, and to develop other more effective means of coping, such as coping skills for cravings. Managing thoughts about drink or drugs, problem solving, Motivation for abstinence, Management of painful feelings, and improved interpersonal functioning and social supports.

Our Therapist Helena Hingston is a fully qualified, trained and accredited Addiction counsellor and CBT Therapist. She has been specialising successfully in the area of Addiction treatment and Dual Diagnosis in the CBT clinic for many years.

In 2003 the drugs strategy minster Owen Ryan awarded her a placement in India in a residential addiction centre, studying about the integration of psychosomatic and physchospiritual therapies for recovery from addiction.

Apart from working extensively as a CBT Therapist and Addiction Counsellor she still consults to residential addiction communities teaching recovery techniques.

The CBT outpatient recovery in addiction programmes runs for 15 weeks.
For more information about the programme or to book an assessment, contact the CBT Clinic at 086-3738701