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What is CBT and how it helps in the Treatment for Addiction?

Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the idea that feelings and behaviors are caused by a person’s thoughts, not on outside stimuli like people, situations, and events. While you may not be able to change your circumstances, you can change how you think about them. In the treatment of alcohol and drug dependence, CBT can help to (NIDA, 2020):

  • Develop coping strategies that will help when they are faced with situations that trigger cravings.
  • Improve self-control.
  • Recognize situations in which they are most likely to drink or use drugs.
  • Avoid trigging circumstances if possible.
  • Cope with other problems and behaviors which may lead to their substance abuse.

CBT can be very helpful in the treatment of drugs addiction. However, it has two basic functions including Functional Analysis and Skills Training;

Functional Analysis

When doing functional analysis, a therapist might ask the individual questions designed to elicit insight into how a person was thinking or feeling before the behaviors. They might ask the client to recall the last time they used a substance and then ask:

  • What were you doing before you used the substance?
  • How were you feeling?
  • What happened right before?
  • Did anything positive happen as a result of the behavior?
  • What were the negative consequences of your actions?

Skills Training

The goal of CBT is to get the person to unlearn maladaptive behaviors and learn or relearn better-coping skills. By learning such skills, they can then start working to apply them in situations that would typically trigger drug or alcohol use. Skills training works by:

  • Helping individuals unlearn old habits and learn to develop healthier skills and habits.
  • Educating people about ways to change how they think about their substance abuse.
  • Learning new ways to cope with the situations and circumstances that led to their drinking or drugging episodes in the past.

The therapy itself seems quite fulfilling however, there is a need for an expert to deal with the situation and get the person out of any addiction in a healthy and proper manner considering individual problem and circumstances.

Serene Retreat is one of the leading Addiction and Mental Health Treatment provider based in Malaysia with its branches locally and abroad. For more information about our treatment programs you can reach us via Call/Whatsapp +60 14-687 2268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Cognitive-behavioral therapy (alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, Nicotine). Updated June 1, 2020.


How Online Gaming Addiction raises Mental Health Problems

Excessive gaming has even resulted in death in some cases. They should also monitor the effect that gaming has on their other activities, their physical and mental health, and their relationships with others. Sometimes, excessive gaming can mask another issue, such as depression or anxiety.

Signs & Symptoms of Gaming Addiction

According to mental health researchers, the signs and symptoms of online Gaming Addiction are:
• lacking control over their gaming habits
• prioritizing gaming over other interests and activities
• continuing gaming despite its negative consequences

If the above behavior becomes severe can affect a person’s:-
• family life
• social life
• personal life
• education
• work
According to some research, gaming addiction may co-occur with other mood disorders, such as:

• Anxiety disorders
• Depression
• Stress

People who remain physically inactive for extended periods due to gaming may also have a higher risk of obesity, sleep problems, and other health issues.

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Shisha Addiction

Shisha Addiction is a new form of addiction getting a lot of attention since the last few years. According to experts, more than 38 % of adults and youth are getting into smoking addiction to shisha around the world. This is because people have a misconception about shisha is that it is not harmful to health and some think it is a better replacement for other types of drug addiction whereas all these misconceptions are misleading and totally wrong. According to researchers, because only some of the nicotine is absorbed by the water, shisha smokers are still exposed to enough nicotine to cause addiction and it harmful enough to cause problems like heart disease and heart attack or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In Malaysia, almost a similar situation is occurring when it comes to shisha smoking and statistics show an alarming rise in shisha addicts but unfortunately, there are not many rehabs to provide the right treatment for the addicts. But one of the well-known names which are getting popular among the masses is “Serene Retreat”. Serene Retreat’s treatment philosophy focuses on holistic change through the incorporation of a scientific approach with detailed attention to the recovery by helping the clients to strengthen six core aspects of the Self Thought, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Social and Cultural.

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