The Basic Concepts of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Useful Practical Skills in The Treatment of Emotional Dysregulation in Substance Use Disorders

Presented by:
Jamie Smolen, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Florida Recovery Center
Director, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
Division of Addiction Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
UF College of Medicine

Faculty Disclosure:

 Dr. Jamie Smolen has disclosed that he has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Release Date: August 1, 2021
Expiration Date:  July 31, 2024

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Clinical Neurologists

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of understanding emotional dysregulation and its appropriate management in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  2. Differentiate the most common causes of emotional dysregulation in substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric conditions.
  3. Explain the essential characteristics of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and how it can be used to develop distress tolerance, emotional regulation and core mindfulness.
  4. Determine the appropriateness of behavioral therapies for dysregulated persons with SUD.
  5. Identify the various skills that can be adapted for substance use disorder treatment, including radical acceptance and developing a “wise mind” approach to understanding and solving problems.

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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