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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Dr. Stephen Briers

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Breaking the cycle: using CBT to overcome addictions and destructive habits

There are few of us who can’t identify with the truth of the old Chinese proverb: ‘Habits are cobwebs first; cables at last.’ Whether our destructive habits range from trivial but annoying things like procrastination or biting your nails, to more serious problems with drugs or alcohol, we can all find ourselves locked into undesirable patterns of repeating behaviour that can undermine our quality of life. Addictive behaviour is becoming an increasing problem for our society. Between 2009 and 2010 there were over a million alcohol-related admissions to hospital and figures from 2007 suggested that 10% of men and 4% of women were showing some ...

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