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Revista Brasileira de Terapias Cognitivas

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OPPERMANN, Clarice Mottola de Oliveira; LEWGOY, Laura Baptista  and  ARAUJO, Renata Brasil. Dialectical behavior therapy for drugs addiction tatiens. Rev. bras.ter. cogn. [online]. 2015, vol.11, n.2, pp. 113-118. ISSN 1808-5687.

This study aimed to perform a systematic review regarding the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in drug addicts with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A systematic review was performed in the following databases: Medline, PsycINFO, PubMed, and Scielo, between 1996 and 2016, and used the following keywords: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Drug Addiction, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This research has shown positive results on the effectiveness of DBT in drug dependent patients with BPD: Most studies found improved abstinence rates, less psychoactive substance use, and improvement in emotional regulation in those individuals who went through this treatment method. However, there are still few studies, with a small number of samples. It is concluded that DBT can be a good alternative in the treatment of patients with BPD in comorbidity with drug addiction towards the improvement of the high relapse rates of psychoactive substance use and for acting in the regulation of emotions.

Keywords : Cognitive-behavior therapy; Borderline personality disorder; Substance-related disorder.

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