Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Part of recovery involves challenging maladaptive behaviors and belief patterns to identify underlying issues and find healthier ways to cope with daily stressors. The treatment services we offer at The Family Place include individual and group dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Many people benefit from this evidence-based therapeutic method, creating a solid foundation for long-term recovery. You may find this form of treatment especially helpful if you have been diagnosed with co-occurring mood disorders like anxiety or depression.

dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? 

Two common themes in therapy are change and acceptance of circumstances. DBT combines these two seemingly opposing ideas to help individuals accept the consequences and effects of certain behaviors and thought patterns while simultaneously encouraging positive changes. According to Addiction Science and Clinical PracticeDBT “includes five essential functions:

  • Improving patient motivation to change
  • Enhancing patient capabilities
  • Generalizing new behaviors
  • Structuring the environment
  • Enhancing therapist capability and motivation

Ambivalence can hold some people back during treatment, and DBT is one way you can overcome uncertainty about achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. Your therapist will guide you through analyzing and processing your emotions, reactions, and behaviors to find alternative coping techniques and reveal motivations for change. 

Core Principles of DBT 

The core principles of DBT include: 

  • Improving interpersonal relationships and social skills 
  • Increasing mindfulness 
  • Enhancing distress tolerance
  • Learning how to safely and effectively identify and process emotions

The clinical team at our facility uses a range of methods to incorporate DBT into your treatment plan. The goal is to provide you with the tools you need to succeed at building a solid foundation for long-term recovery. According to Psychiatry (Edgmont), “Within each session, the therapist works to provide a balance of acceptance and validation with problem-solving/behavior change strategies.” The therapist will present an objective perspective to help you come to terms with past traumas, substance use disorders (SUD), and current symptoms of mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Most clients who benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) have co-occurring mental health and SUDs. 

Combining Dialectical Behavior Therapy With Other Forms of Treatment

The trauma-focused holistic treatments we provide ensure that every client has an opportunity to experience the best outcome possible. We do this by tailoring every step of our treatment program to meet the unique needs of each person. Often this involves treating substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. 

Co-occurring disorders often require multiple forms of therapy or a combination of treatments that might include: 

  • Occupational therapy 
  • Prescription medication 
  • Alternative holistic therapy 
  • Natural medicine 

The Family Place does not use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or prescription medications for SUD and dual diagnosis unless absolutely necessary. We believe that treating the underlying trauma and maladaptive behavioral patterns is a healthier alternative. 

We treat men, women, and pregnant women in crisis using a comprehensive continuum of care. To ensure that each client receives the support they need, we often combine multiple forms of individual and group therapy as part of the daily program schedule. 

What to Expect From Therapy Sessions at The Family Place

DBT sessions focus on skill development and challenging negative thought patterns or maladaptive behaviors. To facilitate healthier lifestyle changes, your therapist will walk you through identifying and processing emotions, behaviors, motivations, and the realities of recovery. 

Research has shown that DBT is an excellent therapeutic tool for individuals with co-occurring SUD and mood disorders. The results of a research study published in Addiction Science and Clinical Practice reported that “Participants described reductions in substance misuse, while having increased confidence to use the DBT skills they had learned … to deal with difficult emotions and life stressors.”

Clients who benefit most from dialectical behavior therapy often suffer from the following: 

  • Low self-esteem 
  • Difficulty processing emotions 
  • Generalized and social anxiety 
  • Extreme or frequent mood swings 
  • Suicidal or self-injury thoughts

DBT and Substance Misuse 

Dialectical behavior therapy helps individuals suffering from substance misuse by providing a new framework for interpreting and processing events. For many people, substance misuse results from not having a better way to escape physical or emotional pain and distress. You can take back control of your life by learning more about what causes unhealthy behaviors and thoughts. 

Dialectical behavior therapy is an excellent tool for individuals with SUDs. DBT does the following: 

  • Provides a safe and comfortable space for talking about complex topics 
  • Teaches essential coping techniques and exercises 
  • Increases confidence, self-awareness, and motivation for healthy change 

The Family Place encourages clients to use various coping methods to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of relapse during and after rehabilitation. DBT makes it easier to make permanent lifestyle changes that remain in place after you transition out of treatment.

Therapy and Continuing Care 

Some individuals require therapeutic support for more extended periods. If you find yourself needing extra emotional support during the transition from rehabilitation to independent sobriety, then you might benefit from attending individual therapy involving DBT during and after the program. Your case manager can provide referrals to outside services once you complete treatment. Learn more by visiting our Aftercare page. 

Recovery is an ongoing journey, and we believe that everyone should have access to high-quality mental health treatment to provide relief from the side effects of SUD and co-occurring disorders. At The Family Place, we understand that rewriting old behavioral patterns is very difficult. We are here to support you every step of the way as you move through detox, withdrawal, and continuing care. The psychotherapy we offer ensures you have a solid foundation to build on for the rest of your life.

You have the power to change! The Family Place gives you the necessary tools to grow and heal. Find out more by speaking with one of our intake specialists. Call us today at 1-800-501-7796.

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