In addiction treatment, you learn many new skills for coping with distressing situations in daily life. Among these coping methods are those for distress tolerance. These skills help you tolerate strong emotions to then prevent or reduce your impulsive behaviors and decisions. Learned methods pay off when you stop reacting to situations in damaging ways, such as through substance abuse.
What is Distress Tolerance?
In your dialectic behavioral therapy program in Corona, CA, you learn distress tolerance. This therapy takes place in addiction treatment, such as a men’s rehab program. You learn how to stop acting out in destructive ways based on your emotions.
However, distress tolerance skills do not take away emotional pain or distress itself. Instead, you learn how to cope with your negative feelings and keep from doing things that make your situation worse. You use your new skills when up against situations you cannot change, but for which you must deal with the pain.
Why You Need Distress Coping Skills
You need distress tolerance because the skills keep you from acting impulsively. Impulses of distress include the use of drugs or alcohol, spending too much money, driving recklessly, engaging in physical violence, as well as acting out sexually. But these behaviors usually come after strong, identifiable emotions.
Distress tolerance works to prevent behaviors by identifying the pattern occurring after the distress and before your negative actions. For example, this pattern includes:
- Having a strong emotional reaction to a distressing event
- Feeling discomfort in your emotion
- Self-medicating or act out to reduce the emotion
- You think your problem behavior or action works to relieve distress in the short term
- Suffering negative after-effects of your behavior
- Feeling shame for your actions and their results
Instead of repeating this pattern over and over, you learn to use your learned skills as an alternative. The skills get you through your emotional pain without acting out. Over the course of time, you adopt a healthy pattern and feel less mental distress after adverse events such as addiction treatment. You also stop engaging in destructive acts.
Where Do I Learn How to Tolerate Distress?
If you are a male living in these cycles of distress, negative impulses, and resulting addiction, the best place for you to learn distress tolerance skills is through treatment in a quality men’s rehab center. This treatment provides you with a range of therapies and programs designed for your individual needs.
Programs and therapies helping you break your bad cycles include:
- Medically supervised detox
- Residential treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Individual counseling
- Trauma therapy
- Evidence-based therapies
- Family therapy
All of these programs and therapies take place at Ridgeview Recovery in Corona, CA. Men from throughout the United States seek rehab treatment at Ridgeview Recovery, where you enjoy the trust and focus of an all-male client environment. Learn distress tolerance and other coping skills in your men’s rehab program at Ridgeview Recovery. Start this journey to healthier life patterns now by calling 855.463.5505.