Sunday, March 22, 2009


Aaron Beck developed a model of understanding addictions. This can again be seen in a cyclical view and CBT can intervene at any stage by challenging behaviours and thoughts. This model can be used for alcohol addiction, drug misuse and even eating disordered behaviour:

Situation - Stress at work

Negative Thought about Situation-“I can’t cope”

Positive Thought about substance/habit-“If I drink I will feel better”

Craving-Memory of light headedness after drinking alcohol.

Urge-Desiring the drink, appetite, sensation.

Preparation-Getting to the liquor store

Action-Using the substance (drink) or habit. Gives short term relief.

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