Appendix T: Cognitive behavioural techniques

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been identified as one of the most effective ways of treating co-occurring depression and substance use difficulties [310, 386, 540]. A number of simple CBT-based strategies are useful in managing clients with these symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive restructuring.
  • Structured problem solving.
  • Goal setting.
  • Pleasure and mastery events scheduling.