SCHEMA-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY
Core beliefs are ingrained, and the thoughts that trigger emotions are automatic. It can be difficult for one to change his/her pattern of thinking because a well-developed array of defense mechanisms has been constructed.
Schema-Based Cognitive Therapy vs Traditional Cognitive Therapy
How Schema-Based Cognitive Therapy Works
Although it has been scientifically proven that drug and alcohol addiction have a strong genetic influence, certain life events and the environment, including how one develops a discrete personality and learns coping skills while young can determine the “activation” of addiction. Substance abuse is multifactorial, meaning it is caused by many different factors, such as genetics, social, psychological, and physiologic elements. Because of this, it is critical to evaluate schemas and their likely origins when treating patients who are participating in drug and alcohol rehab. It is also important that it be processed in a safe environment because the thoughts and feelings that emerge will likely be triggering in the initial stages of treatment.
List of Common Schemas
- Emotional deprivation is the core belief that one will not experience the necessary emotional support.
- Defectiveness and shame is the core belief that one is eternally imperfect and that when others find-out they will leave the relationship.
- Mistrust is the core believe that others will always attempt to take advantage of oneself.
- Abandonment is the core belief that those who are closest to the person will always leave.
- Dependence is the core belief that one must have others to help them because they lack the ability to be self-sufficient.
- Entitlement is the core belief that one can exhibit any behaviors that they want, regardless of the effects on others.
- Subjugation is the core belief that one must always do what others want and be under their control in order to avoid negative consequences.
- Unrelenting standards is the core believe that one is never good enough and must always work harder to get status in life.
Common Defense Mechanisms
- Tolerance is when one allows something to occur that they approve of.
- Humility is when one has the ability to see their own areas of improvement.
- Gratitude is when one is able to be thankful for the things in their life, such as people, places, and things, as well as the intangible, such as spiritual experiences.
- Acceptance is when one internalizes the reality of a situation.
- Intellectualization is when one uses intellect to avoid emotions.
- Repression is when one attempts to resist desirable instincts, either emotional or physical.
- Withdrawal is when one purposefully removes themselves from events, or other interactions and environmental situations in order to avoid painful thoughts and emotions.
- Acting-out is when one exhibits a behavior due to emotions that they are unaware of.
- Projection is when one transfers their unwanted emotions, thoughts, or behaviors to another.
- Wishful thinking is when one makes decisions based on imaginary and pleasing thoughts, rather than reality.
It is no small task for a drug addict or alcoholic to undergo this type of intensive treatment. Experienced and professional staff will be able to guide the patient through this difficult time of introspection and the resultant emotional turmoil. Great benefits will be garnered through intensive and serious internal therapeutic work in a drug and alcohol rehab.
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