Dialectical Behavior Therapy
During Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for drug addiction, the therapist will engage the patient in a series of role-playing, “what if” scenarios -each one is designed to help illicit the following skills:
Treating others with more respect: Drug addiction makes people selfish and unconcerned with anything. DBT teaches the recovering addict how to form meaningful, respectful relationships with new acquaintances as well as the people they may have harmed emotionally while under the influence.
Gaining more self-respect: In order for an individual to succeed in their recovery, they must first learn to love and respect themselves. Dialectical behavior therapy teaches self-reliance and the proper way to rebuild self-image.
Learning how to say NO: Perhaps the single biggest obstacle to recovery in the months following drug rehab is succumbing to temptation. By providing a series of real world scenarios to play through, the DBT program is preparing the individual for what might happen when they encounter old acquaintances or drug sources. Through DBT, the individual will learn how to say NO, and therefore put the skills they learned in rehab into play.