Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Addiction (August)

Date of Issue: 08/01/2016 | Volume: 4 | Number: 6

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can be an effective tool in treating addiction. In this issue, we talk about the skills modules for DBT, show you how you can use it to treat substance use disorders, and feature an interview with Marsha Linehan, PhD, who talks about her experiences using DBT in her practice.

In This Issue


Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Primer

Topics: Addiction | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Free Articles | Substance Abuse

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is well-known as an effective treatment for individuals with personality disorders and for reducing suicidal behavior. But it’s also quite effective for addictions. In this article, we’ll discuss DBT concepts in a bit more detail and help you apply these concepts to patients with substance abuse issues.

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New Editor-in-Chief: Joshua Sonkiss, MD

We’re happy to welcome Joshua Sonkiss, MD, as editor-in-chief of The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report. Dr. Sonkiss is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist with a wide range of experience in substance abuse treatment.

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Expert Q&A

Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Addiction

Topics: Addiction | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Practice Tools and Tips | Substance Abuse

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is well-known for treating borderline personality disorder (BPD) and individuals at high risk for suicide. Two studies have shown that DBT has really good outcomes in terms of reducing substance use. In this interview, Dr. Linehan shares her knowledge of DBT as a treatment method for addiction.

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Research Update

Reports of Gabapentin Misuse and Abuse Appear to Be True

Topics: Addiction | Free Articles | Substance Abuse

Gabapentin is FDA-approved for seizures and neuropathic pain, but it’s commonly used off-label for a variety of psychiatric and physical conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, borderline personality disorder, alcohol use disorders, and multiple pain disorders. Another aspect of gabapentin use that has come to light in recent years is a seemingly pervasive pattern of misuse and abuse.

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