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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

One of the most significant advances in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction over the past decade, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is being implemented by addiction treatment facilities around the country that find significant value in the method and the results.

Though it was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can also be effective in substance abuse treatment.

Animals in the wild are indeed frequently exposed to life-threatening dangers, however, are not sustainable traumatized because they have innate mechanisms that allow them to reduce the high, mobilized in the struggle for survival stress-energy. While we humans are equipped with completely same regulatory mechanisms, but the functionality of these systems is often inhibited instinctual part of our brain through the “rational” and overridden.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can be used in substance abuse treatment to promote abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as reduce the negative impacts of a relapse. When used to treat substance abuse, DBT targets the following behaviors that interfere with one’s quality of life:

  1. Mood Disorders
  2. Binge Eating
  3. ADHD
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  5. Substance Abuse
  6. Behavior
  7. Self-Image
  8. Thinking
  9. Relationships


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