Centre for Compulsive and Addictive Behaviours
The Centre for Compulsive and Addictive Behaviours (CCAB) is a pilot programme set up for the psychological treatment of a range of compulsive behaviours, or behavioural type addictions.
The difficulties treated by the centre include:
- Compulsive internet use
- Gaming addiction
- Compulsive use of pornography
- Compulsive buying
Treatment comprises a time-limited form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focusing on reducing the target behaviour, increasing non-problem behaviours and investigating any underlying or causal factors in the start or continuation of the problem.
Treatment would be provided by NHS-trained HPC registered psychologists with extensive experience of working with behavioural addictions.
This service is designed to treat primary compulsive and addictive behaviours, and not those that might occur within the context of a co-existing mental health difficulty.
Sex addiction, involving contact sexual behaviours with others, does not respond well to our treatment. We offer a brief psychological treatment that is not suitable for those with compulsive sexual behaviours. We are also unable to see people who may be involved in illegal sexual behaviours, including illegal pornography. For sex addiction, sexual compulsions, or pornography use involving illegal images, there are national services at the Portman Clinic and at Guy's Hospital.
For gambling difficulties the National Problem Gambling Clinic has a proven track record in the successful treatment of problem gambling.