Theories Applied to Addiction

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Nicole Frami
Instructor Galten
Intro to Counseling
25 February 2016
Response Paper #1
I struggled with addiction for many years. My goal is to help people who are still suffering from addiction. I have received many different types of therapy; some of which I liked and some I didn’t. I have selected a few therapies that are of most value to me: cognitive behavior therapy, person centered therapy, and family therapy. These are all treatments that I have received myself and that have assisted me in my recovery. The first type of therapy that I will be talking about is cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy operates on the theory that what people believe impacts how they act and feel (Corey 249). For example, if you think that you are of no value then you will probably feel depressed or lonely and might isolate yourself and act out destructively. One of the goals of this therapy is to replace negative thoughts and feelings with ones that are healthier. Another goal is to increase the clients’ skills, so they have more alternatives for responding to certain situations (Corey 280). Behavioral therapy recognizes the importance of the individual, their surroundings, and the interaction between the person and the environment in assisting change (Corey 280). Another emphases of behavioral therapy is assignments. Clients are expected to assume an active role by doing, instead of just talking, both during and outside of the sessions (Corey 251). This is one of the therapies I found very helpful when I was trying to get clean from drugs and away from the lifestyle that comes along with the drug use. Cognitive behavioral therapy educated me on how to recognize my moods, thoughts, and situations that caused me to have cravings or triggers. Once I recognized what triggered me, I could then either avoid those things or find better ways to cope with…...

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