The New York Times recently ran an article discussing the origins of, and cures for, negative thinking. We are, the article postulates, "built to over learn from negative experiences... and under learn from positive ones" as an effective way of avoiding saber tooth tigers, and more recently, poisonous plants and wasp nests. Most of this, though, is now maladaptive behavior. One psychologist cautions that merely trying NOT to worry is precisely the wrong approach, saying "worry and obsessions get worse when you try to control your thoughts." Think Pink Elephants. Now, don't. They go on to suggest mindfulness and acceptance as effective techniques, and offer another piece of advice: Actively FIND the positive.
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Help for Substance Abuse Helping Those Suffering From Substance Abuse Recover
Cory Newman details some of the ways that therapists might help those suffering from substance abuse recover. Therapists first need to know where the user in his, or her, recovery and tailor treatment to fit that stage. He suggests that CBT can be combined with other approaches for maximum effects, combining self-help skills taught be CBT with pharmacology to reduce craving and adding a touch of 12-step support. The CBT aspects include teaching coping skills to replace a reliance on self-medication; avoiding high-risk situations; and removing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. For more on this wonderfully detailed plan, see: Substance Misuse
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