SEMINAR: How abstinence based 12-step recovery with CBT helps to treat addiction

How abstinence based 12-step recovery with CBP helps to treat addiction

Dates & Venues:

Thursday 5th November – Apex Hotel, Dundee

Thursday 12th November – Renfield Centre, Glasgow

Thursday 19th November – Apex Hotel, Edinburgh


12-step, combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), has many benefits when it is incorporated into addiction treatment. This seminar, aimed at therapists and health professionals dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, will give you a further understanding on how to utilise and integrate these two frameworks and the proven benefits of doing so.

By discovering and identifying negative, irrational thought patterns; the underlying core beliefs and rules; how these past experiences and programing effect the present; and confronting the consequential need for mood altering substances or behaviours – all of which play a role in the development of addiction – we can break denial and instill hope that change is possible. CBT and other modalities help fast track the core ideas and principles of the 12-step approach. Without effective treatment and rehabilitation, alcohol and drug dependency can cause serious long-term problems and may even be fatal.

Abbeycare, a leading residential addiction treatment centre, uses the 12-step recovery process as the backbone of our treatment programme, with which we hope to springboard clients into life long abstinence and a more complete overall recovery – the 12-step fellowships providing continuous and long-term support. Therapists at Abbeycare integrate the 12-step approach with CBT and techniques from other approaches to help treat addiction, and in this seminar we hope to show you how you can do the same thing by examining the fundamental aspects of CBT and 12-step, and considering how therapists who treat substance abuse disorders can use these methods. It will highlight signs of when further care is required, when the addiction problem becomes too extreme, and look at what a residential rehab can offer that one-to-one therapies cannot. It will also present how Abbeycare deliver our recovery programme, including our supervised medically assisted detoxification process, and why we use the above therapies and approaches.



9.15am – tea/coffee and registration

9.30am – How to integrate 12 step with CBT and other therapeutic approaches Dave Fidler

10.00am – The Abbeycare programme Liam Mehigan

10.30am – tea/ coffee break

11am – Medical intervention Chris O’Shaughnessy

11.20am – When do you need to consider sending an addict to a primary rehabilitation? Liam Mehigan

11.30am – Questions and discussion



Dave Fidler – Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, MSc Addiction, Dip CBT

Dave worked for the Department for International Development for 20 years, jobs included HR Manager, Programme Manager and member of the Advisory Group on Diversity – he travelled the world, working full time in Bangladesh, South Africa and Afghanistan. He has a degree in Psychology and Biology (London University), a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and an MSc in Drugs and Alcohol: Policy and Intervention (Imperial College). Dave, a recovering addict/alcoholic/compulsive gambler/codependent himself, is one of the senior therapists at Abbeycare.


Chris O’Shaughnessy – Dip HE RMN, BSc. IP

Chris qualified in 2000 from University of West of Scotland and has worked in the mental health field for a number of years. Now a specialist in addictions (with a BSc in CBT and Addictions), Chris has responsibility for primary care drug and alcohol interventions and treatment options for people with addiction related problems in one of Scotland largest health boards. He has been involved in active research in addictions in recent years, alongside working in the private sector of addictions for the last 2 years also.


Liam Mehigan – Operations Manager, Abbeycare

Liam is the Operations Manager at Abbeycare and is instrumental in developing our alcohol and drug treatment service in both our Murdostoun and Newmarket clinics.

Liam has a postgraduate certificate in drug and alcohol studies from Glasgow University and has also completed his RMA. He is a qualified CBT therapist and has over 12 years experience in mental health and addiction services.


Raymond Blin – Chief Executive, Abbeycare

Raymond is a qualified CA. In 2010, along with John McLean, Raymond helped to set up and establish Rehab Guide and identify opportunities to develop more alcohol treatment centres. Raymond is responsible for ensuring that Abbeycare delivers the highest levels of care to its clients and that our service meets and exceeds standards set by the regulatory authorities, the Care Commission in Scotland and the Care Quality Commission in England.




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