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DBT for Substance Abuse

DBT has been proven affective with substance abuse issues. One relevant study was published in the American Journal on Addictions from Marsha M. Linehan Ph.D.,Henry Schmidt III M.A., Linda A. Dimeff Ph.D., J. Christopher Craft B.S., Jonathan Kanter M.A., and Katherine A. Comtois Ph.D. (October 1999). Subjects were assessed at 4, 8, and 12 months, and at a 16-month follow-up. Subjects assigned to DBT had significantly greater reductions in drug abuse than did subjects assigned to treatment as usual.

Other studies specifically studied DBT relative to abuse of methanphetamines and opioids. One summary stated that DBT and its adaptation may also be effective for substance abuse patients with multiple, complex problems rooted in emotional dyscontrol who have not responded to other evidence-based approaches. (Science and practice in action—Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT for Substance Abusers by Linda A. Dimeff, Ph.D., and Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. 2008)

In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. More than half of the people with both a substance use disorder and another mental illness were men (4.1 million). (NIMH).

“If you are patient and open-minded, you will see [that] it really works.”