Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is used primarily to treat unhealthy patterns of behavior such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. DBT is a modified form of CBT. DBT helps clients begin to understand triggers that can lead them to make reactive decisions. DBT helps individuals to increase their regulation of emotional or cognitive states that may have proven harmful for them in the past.
One of the primary points of DBT is to help clients develop skills in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. By focusing on the development of these skills in both group and individual therapy sessions, clients are given the ability to learn how to control certain emotions. This helps with impulsive decision-making, which can increase a client’s chance at achieving long-term sobriety.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be a tremendous form of therapy for someone suffering from substance abuse or co-occurring disorders. If you or a loved one are interested in DBT, please contact us for additional information.