DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and it developed as an offshoot from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It was originally created for people who were suicidal and diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but since then it has been found to be helpful for many other issues – including substance use and addiction.
A DBT therapist believes that using mindfulness can help us to be more in the moment, less reactive, and more in touch with our wise self. In doing so, then, we can begin to respond to things as they are – rather than as we feel they are. DBT offers a number of very concrete skills on things like managing emotions, nurturing relationships, assertiveness, and thinking before acting.
DBT can help in substance use and addiction by offering skills to manage cravings and emotions, and other behavioral techniques that foster change.
Kirsten Helgager, PsyD
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