Monday, April 15, 2019

[New post] DBT Skills for Addictions

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DBT Skills for Addictions

by lucy2610
DBT skills for overcoming addictions are included in the distress tolerance section of training (featured in last weeks blog post) and include, as displayed above, an overview of behavior patterns that indicate when one is in “addict mind” or “clear mind,” skills to plan for dialectical abstinence such as adaptive denial, the community reinforcement model, and more. These skills are intended to help people reinforce nonaddictive behaviors and end addiction-linked behaviours.
In her new DBT skills training manual, published in 2015 (Linehan, 2015), Dr. Marsha Linehan introduced several other helpful new skills for people struggling with addiction. One of those skills is called burning bridges. Burning bridges involves reducing your opportunities to engage in the addictive behaviour. Basically, you’re burning the bridge between you and people, places, or events in your life that encourage or facilitate addiction.
Another helpful DBT skill for addiction is called alternate rebellion. This skill is based on the idea that one of the big draws of addictive behaviour is that it is risky, elicit, and kind of exciting. Engaging in alcohol use, drug use, gambling, and so on, can be a way to rebel against societal conventions. This is not the case for all people, but for some people, being a bit of a rebel is one of the bonuses of engaging in addictive behaviour. For these people, the skill of alternate rebellion involves finding an alternative way to rebel – a way that does not involve harmful addictive behaviour.
Below is a useful video that describes DBT:
lucy2610 | 12/04/2019 at 12:00 | Categories: Compassion for self and othersMy journey | URL:
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