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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps individuals develop healthy interpersonal skills and learn practical ways to manage stress and emotions. “Dialectical” relates to opposing ideas and opinions, and those struggling with addiction and/or a mental illness require opposing forces to heal: change and acceptance.

DBT: What You Can Expect

Originally created by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan to help suicidal women, DBT has been found effective in treating various addictions, including alcohol, prescription pain medication, opioids, marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

It’s an extremely beneficial form of therapy for individuals struggling with addiction and a co-occurring mental disorder like depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our DBT focused curriculum is integrated with 12-step principles. Generally, dialectical behavior therapy has two main components, individual therapy and group therapy. During group therapy sessions, which usually meet weekly, our clients work on four main skills sets:

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  • Interpersonal effectiveness : how to say no and ask for what you want while maintaining self-respect and positive relationships with others
  • Emotional regulation :  how to change emotions that you want to change
  • Distress tolerance skills : how to tolerate (not change) pain in difficult situations
  • Core mindfulness skills:learning to be fully aware and present in the moment


Indeed, one of the hallmarks of DBT is its emphasis on mindfulness. During this part of DBT, clients learn how to focus on the present and observe their emotions and environment without judgment. Mindfulness training has been linked to numerous recovery benefits, including less stress, anxiety and depression and more self-esteem and enthusiasm for life. DBT also equips clients with the skills necessary to break the cycle of negative self-talk by learning how to identify negative emotional patterns and inadequate coping mechanisms.

Ask About DBT at Sanitas Recovery Center

If you or someone you love is struggling with a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and a mental illness, DBT can be a powerful treatment method. To learn more about DBT and how it can benefit your recovery and lasting sobriety, call us today

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