Hi, my name is Dr. Allison Hopkins, I’m
the Clinical Director at Channel Islands Rehab in Ventura County, California. In
today’s episode we’re going to talk about DBT and addiction. DBT is dialectical behavior therapy. A highly effective type of cognitive behavioral therapy. DBT teaches clients four sets of behavioral skills; mindfulness, distress
tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. Mindfulness means
living in the moment instead of in the past or future. Practicing mindfulness, we
become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions. We are
able to pause, check-in, identify our emotions, and consciously make healthy
decisions. All of us can benefit from becoming more aware of our thoughts and
feelings, accepting what is, and being less judgmental of ourselves and others.
These skills lead to a healthier life. As you can see, it is important that the
treatment you receive needs to be be combined with other treatments and
methods as no one treatment fits all a whole client approach. The disease of
addiction affects the mind, body, and spirit. Next time we will discuss
cognitive behavior therapy and addiction and how lasting recovery is within reach.
Thank you for listening.