What Is DBT ?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy treatment that teaches patients how to observe impulsive urges and regulate their emotional actions. As a therapeutic treatment for addiction, DBT combines the basic aspects of behavior therapy with holistic practices to help clients manage disturbing emotions and learn more functional behaviors and interpersonal skills. DBT has been shown to help the symptoms of conditions such as different personality disorders, drug addiction, severe depression and post-traumatic stress.
A DBT session with a psychotherapist can center on any number of focus points. There is usually an emphasis on problem-solving. A sample of issues that may be addressed in DBT Rehab include:
- Different ways to improve self-esteem and self-image
- Ways to decrease stress
- Emotional triggers
- Behaviors that may disrupt therapy
- Addressing any post-traumatic stress
- Quality of life/lifestyle concerns and improvement
- Ways to improve day-to-day living
How DBT works to treat addiction
Research supports that DBT is a successful form of psychotherapy for the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. The emphasis of DBT on acceptance and change is compatible with both the philosophy of holistic non 12 step and 12-step programs.
DBT not only provides methods to promote abstinence of drug abuse but also to handle a relapse if it does occur. DBT approaches a relapse as a problem that needs a solution and not a treatment failure. In a DBT session centered on relapse, the therapist may guide the client through a behavioral timeline of the events leading up to the recovery relapse.
How DBT and other behavioral therapies benefit overall health
According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness in the U.S., affecting around 17% of the population or 45 million adults aged 18 and older.
These disorders not only affect the mental health of an individual, but also lead to physical health conditions such as heart conditions, substance abuse, chronic pain, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, headaches, eating disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and more.
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