Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes.
The ultimate goal of DBT is to help you to build a life worth living, and it can be a very effective method of treatment if you have been struggling with substance abuse and haven’t responded to other forms of therapy.
Using the components of DBT, you can learn to envision and pursue goals even though there is a history of out-of-control behavior. DBT promotes the two seemingly opposing goals of change and acceptance. Using this approach, you can gradually learn to deal with everyday problems without the extreme emotional reactivity that so often leads to turning to substances.