Unite Change and Acceptance in Therapy
A fairly new style of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy was developed in the late 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan as a means to more effectively treat patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. The goal of the program is to promote feelings of validation, acceptance and support, while also taking steps to promote changes aimed at improving a patient’s quality of life.
While it may seem contradictory to promote both change and acceptance, the main idea is to teach patients to learn to accept the things in life we cannot change and to try and improve the things we can. Utilizing this strategy, patients are better able to handle life’s everyday problems in healthy ways, while setting and pursuing goals to help them build a meaningful life worth living.
How DBT Helps With Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The addiction therapists at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches have found DBT to be considerably effective in relapse prevention and in empowering patients to take control of their lives. DBT helps patients raise their confidence and self-image, allowing them to be more comfortable in all types of situations. We work with patients to raise self-awareness, improve their level of stress tolerance, regulate their emotions and to develop strategies for healthy and effective conflict resolution.