Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an addiction treatment therapy. DBT helps a person overcome negative, drug-abusing behaviors and harmful feelings. DBT helps people develop constructive behaviors that create a strong foundation for addiction recovery. Discovering healthy ways to deal with stress or other anxieties is a key ingredient for long-term recovery.


Addiction is often accompanied by self-destructive behaviors and emotions. The physical, mental, and emotional volatility caused by persistent drug use can exacerbate these patterns even more. This damage can injure a person’s health, ruin relationships, and undermine a person’s career.


Dialectical behavior therapy encourages a steadiness between change and acceptance so that a person can take steps towards a sober life. As therapy progresses, a person learns to manage cravings, emotions, and practice relapse prevention skills. Collectively, these changes promote sobriety and produce a healthier mind-body-spirit balance.


DBT places an importance on forming a balanced quality of life, while also working to reduce behaviors that cause damage. It is effective for treating anyone with trouble controlling emotions.

DBT Develops Sober Lifestyle Skills


One of DBT’s key functions is to teach life skills that support sober living. Active addiction typically finds people not taking care of themselves. In many cases, when a person arrives at a treatment center, they may not have adequate life skills. Dialectical behavior therapy helps clients to acknowledge areas of their life that they need to work on. Once the therapist and client have identified these areas, they collaborate to develop a collection of life skills that counteract negative behavior.


Almost always the way a person reacts to a situation can make it worse. This is especially true when a person’s wisdom is overshadowed by drugs. To neutralize this, coping skills are personalized to fit the hurdles a person will likely face in their life.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Dual Diagnosis


DBT can help people with a mental health problems to better cope with stress, and contentious relationships. It may also help a person to mend any scars that relate to these problems.


Many individuals struggling with addiction encounter other forms of mental illness. This is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Suffering both conditions can cause a person’s emotions to escalate even further out of control. When used as part of a customized treatment plan, DBT helps to reestablish emotional balance.


While treating both conditions may require more intensive therapies and hard work on the client’s part, successful treatment is possible. The best co-occurring disorder treatments are individualized, and because of this, other forms of therapy may be integrated into a person’s recovery plan.

Benefits Of Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy


DBT is useful in rehab because it addresses dangerous behaviors that act as obstacles to advancing people’s lives. At the same time, DBT focuses on substance use and how it influences quality of life, while also advocating target behaviors critical for conquering addiction.


These behavioral objectives include:

  • Easing physical withdrawal symptoms
  • Preventing triggers
  • Stopping substance use
  • Reducing cravings

Dialectical behavior therapy can help those suffering from substance use disorder to develop effective ways to manage stress and be mindful about their own behaviors. DBT is advantageous because of its distinctive approach to mental health and wellness, like supporting acceptance and change.


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