DBT And Substance Abuse. What Is DBT? DBT is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Developed in the 1970s by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for people with serious self-harming behaviors or those with complex or severe mental disorders. DBT has also been successful with many substance abusers as addiction can be viewed as a self-harming behavior. Addicts often suffer numerous negative consequences from…

What Medications are Used to Treat Drug Addiction?

This is the second installment of a two-part series on drugs to treat drug and alcohol addiction. Currently, there are three categories of drugs used to treat drug dependencies. Methadone Used for opiate withdrawal and replacement since the mid-1960s, methadone has been prescribed to thousands of opiate addicts. While methadone can be used to lessen withdrawal…

Denial and Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In times of great stress, we shut down our awareness emotionally, sometimes intellectually and occasionally physically. Denial is a built-in mechanism operated to screen out devastating information and to prevent us from becoming overloaded. Denial is a conscious or unconscious defense that all of us use to avoid, reduce, or prevent anxiety when we are…

How Unhealthy “Self-Talk” Hurts Your Sobriety

Here are some classic examples of negative self-talk that foster depression, hopelessness, low self esteem, suspiciousness of others and anxiety. Who needs it?! Black and White Thinking: This is the tendency to see things in an all-or-nothing fashion. Beware of words like “never,” “always,” “nothing” and “everyone.” If you think there are only two choices…