Worcester and have lunch with my youngest daughter who is in college there. After all that, off to my brother’s house in Wellesley to spend the night before we hit the slopes in New Hampshire on Sunday!
So anyway, I’m going to throw something out there to you folks to see if anyone has any knowledge with which they can enlighten me before I read a book or two on the subject.
Do any of you guys have any experience with or any in depth knowledge of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy? If so, send me an e-mail because at first glance, I think it could be really useful for people overcoming dependency issues.
From Wikipedia, I pulled the following;
“Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and chronically suicidal individuals; it is now used in a variety of
psychological treatments including treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBI), eating disorders, and
mood disorders. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied
symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury. Recent work also suggests its effectiveness with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency.
DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with
concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating BPD”
Without knowing any details of how the therapy incorporates any of the above ideas, I can say that they share some of the same thought processes that I discuss in The Freedom to Recover.
So over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring and learning more about the history of it and if it’s been actually applied in a drug/alcohol capacity.
I’d love to see a rehab facility emerge utilizing some of the ideas based on these ideas, some of
mine, SMART Recovery's, and a few others.
12 Step ideology still makes up close to 90% of what’s available out there as far as inpatient recovery methods go and that’s just wrong and needs to change.
What say you folks?
Enjoy the weekend all, I absolutely intend to :-)