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What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a form of therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder but has since been found to be effective in treating a number of conditions including substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, and suicidal behavior. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963469/] DBT is essentially a package that uses selected cognitive and behavioral…

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How to Experience More Gratitude in Addiction Recovery

Research has found that gratitude has many wide-ranging benefits. These include better mood, better physical health, better self-esteem, better sleep, and more resilience in the face of adversity. [https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier] Studies show that many of these positive outcomes are mediated by yet another benefit: better relationships. Strong relationships are the foundation of a strong recovery. Self-esteem,…

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The Three Stages of Relapse

Addiction is a chronic condition and, as with other chronic conditions, relapse is always a possibility. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that between 40 and 60 percent of people will relapse within a year of completing treatment for substance use. [https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery] Although everyone has different patterns of substance use and relapse, relapse often…

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When is College Drinking Something to Worry About?

Alcohol has long been a fixture on college campuses. For many people, having a social life in college means drinking. Studies have found that young adults do, in fact, binge drink more if they’re enrolled in college than if they don’t and that increase is mostly due to the pro-drinking social environment. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2930506/] Unfortunately, just…