Thoughts > Feelings > Behaviors and the ABC Technique of CBT

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Are You a Sober Shrew?

Many people who are newly sober find themselves stuck in foul, negative moods that are not helpful, and certainly not fun for the people around them either. The ABC technique from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help with this issue. It takes a bit of practice and intentionality, but the ABC helps decode why you think the things you think, why you feel the way you feel, and why you do the things you do.

When you learn the ABC technique, you can start to get some space between whatever is bothering you and your response to it. You’re creating a “wedge of time” between action and reaction, so you can take control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The ABC can be used for a lifetime

The ABC technique is one that you can use your whole life, in nearly any challenging situation you find yourself in. It will help you dissect why you are feeling the way you’re feeling, and how you can change it, or choose to feel differently about it so that you can come to a state of peace with it and not let a situation get the better of you or trigger you to act on impulse (or drink on impulse).

This tool takes practice, so I highly recommend you revisit it again and again till you get the hang of it!

So let’s get started… (Watch the Video)

Watch Lesson 10 Video:

Download Homework:

The ABCs of CBT


Download Additional Handout:

ABCDExtract Handout


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