How Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy Help Addicts in Recovery?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was originally developed to help people who are suicidal and those with borderline personality disorder. Research has shown DBT is effective with addicts, too.

DBT is cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. These fancy words mean that you acquire knowledge and understanding through your senses, thinking and experience. DBT is fundamentally a common sense therapy that promotes acceptance and change. Acceptance is essential in addiction recovery. The changes you need to make within yourself cannot be accomplished without first accepting you have a problem. Good for you if you are reading this article and seeking a means of help for your addiction.

The steps in DBT for addicts involve skills training, motivation enhancement, coaching, and case management, which helps you manage life as it pertains to your physical and social environments.

There are four essential elements in DBT for skills training. They are mindfulness, regulating your emotions, helping you tolerate distress, and increasing your interpersonal effectiveness. As a whole DBT encourages you to abstain from drug use and develop skills towards a better life.

Mindfulness is widely known to help you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them. It is linked to meditation, which helps reduce stress, improves concentration and helps you feel more connected to your life.

DBT teaches you how to regulate and manage your emotions. Regulating your emotions takes observation and practice and leads to more positive outcomes in adverse situations. “Oh there’s my anger lashing out inappropriately at my college again.” Through observation, you might find you catch yourself next time just as you begin to lash out. The point it not to be hard on yourself. Change takes practice. And observation is a super pathway.

Tolerating distress is along the same vein as regulating emotions. Life is full of unpleasant situations. Period. Distress is not easy. It hurts, throws you off balance, makes you feel awful. Learning to accept distressful situations won’t necessarily lessen the initial discomfort. It will, however, help you better tolerate these lousy things that come along.

DBT involves working with a therapist specifically using a dialectic approach. Dialectic refers to working with two opposites. It works by first addressing a given situation you have acted upon. Through questions and discussion, a dynamic is created that promotes two opposing goals. In essence, it helps you see alternatives that will work better, promote acceptance and change.

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