Using DBT to End Impulsive Behaviors

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Using DBT to End Impulsive BehaviorsOur treatment facilities do not offer a one-size-fits-all treatment program to those who are seeking quality professional care. What we do offer are several forms of therapy that are custom-tailored to your unique situation. One of the therapies that we offer is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for those with impulsive behaviors.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

The following are principles of DBT:

  • In DBT your therapist is your ally who helps you get better faster. Many people see a therapist as someone who tries to force patients to believe something they don’t want to. This can repel people from seeking therapy.
  • Some people have been subjected to environments that do not allow them to feel the full range of their emotions, but DBT teaches patients to validate their feelings.
  • DBT therapists teach patients alternative behaviors and mindsets that are more productive for feeling well and handling problems.

There are a few steps that the therapist and patient will take together. Keep in mind that the objective is for the patient to understand that his or her therapist is an ally and is working to find a resolution to addiction or other behavioral problems. Steps involved in DBT include the following:

  • The first step will involve discussion of behaviors that involve self-harm or suicidal thoughts and actions
  • The next step will be to examine negative behaviors that can interfere with DBT treatment, but these behaviors are not necessarily damaging to others or to the patient
  • The third step is to examine the current lifestyle, quality of life and work to find room for improvement

Huge progress has been noted in patients with borderline personality disorder that use DBT. Additionally, dialectical behavior therapy and substance abuse have also proven to be a good match up.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Coping Skills

Incorporating a few principles from Buddhism, DBT helps people develop key emotional and coping skills. By learning that they can open up and freely trust their therapist, patients with impulsive behaviors can learn healthy alternatives to the negative behaviors that they have become familiar with. These coping skills include the following:

  • Being mindful of your behavior and how it is affecting you, your physical safety and the safety of others
  • Being aware of how you react with others and developing better interpersonal skills
  • Being aware of how to regulate your emotions and the skills needed to keep impulsive behaviors in check
  • Learning skills that can help when faced with stress, periods of high emotion and distress

Help Finding DBT for Impulsive Behaviors

If you or someone you know struggles with impulsive behaviors, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. We can help you to see how effective dialectical behavior therapy can be, and we are confident that we can find a solution that works for you. Call to speak in complete confidence with one of our understanding counselors. We are here to provide you with professional mental health and addiction recovery care.