According to Judith S. Beck, (Cognitive Behavior Theory), “…when it comes to addiction clients – you must change permission-granting beliefs as soon as possible…”
Albert Ellis made the cognitive process clear to us with the ABC-DE Theory.
Belief Eye Movement Therapy, is “The Difference that makes the Difference” for changing AOD/CTC beliefs quickly. Why wait?
The CBT map image below is a visual way to help clients understand the CBT and ABC-DE belief change process.
Wanberg and Milkman point out that “there will be no long-term behavior changes unless you first change core beliefs.” This agrees with Beck and Ellis. Why wait?
When you find them dead with a needle in their arm, it’s too late.
If it’s the beliefs that keeps offenders “stuck” in the AOD/CTC Cycle or revolving prison doors, then why wait to address these treatment issues? Why not address them the first day, week or month?
Why wait? There’s no advantage.
I would suggest you don’t wait too long.
“Nobody ever told me it was about my beliefs. They all said all I have to do is stay sober and I’d be okay,” said one career criminal.
No. It doesn’t work that way. It is about beliefs, first, then behavior change.
Identifying and changing limiting CTC beliefs about AOD/SUD is the #1 goal of Addiction Professionals. Why? Because “if nothing changes, nothing changes.”
Belief Eye Movement Therapy is available as an e-book on amazon.com. It’s $6.99. One good idea could save a client.
I’ve got a class on Udemy that describes all of this in detail. “Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling.” 34 NAADAC approved CEU.
Do you need CEUs now or in the next two years? Is it a good idea to learn how to change limiting, CTC beliefs?
I’m available for trainings.
The CBT map image is from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict. Amazon.com