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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. People may not be able to change their circumstances, but they can change how they think about them and therefore change how they feel and behave.

In the treatment for alcohol and drug dependence, the goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to teach the person to recognize situations in which they are most likely to gamble, drink or use drugs, avoid these circumstances if possible, and cope with other problems and behaviors which may lead to their substance abuse.
We seek to understand the process that leads to engaging in addictive behaviours and then intervene earlier in this process. We also work on reinforcing the costs of engaging in addictive behaviours even if there seems to be a perceived benefit at the time.