Debbie has asked me to write on my experience thus far of participating in an Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Treatment Program. More specifically, she has asked me to give some words of advice to others in such a program who may find themselves exhausted, overwhelmed, and in a painful storm of emotion, tempted to throw it all away. I promise you, those feelings are sure to come at one point or another, and they can feel excruciating. As Debbie has said to me, “Recovery is not all unicorns and rainbows.”
2. Use Thought Defusion to Stop the Thought-Belief-Behavior Cycle in its Tracks!
3. Identify Your Values & Let Them Guide You
4. Radically Accept & Assume a Stance of Willingness
5. Cultivate Some Healthy Selfishness. This is about YOU!