Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in Addiction Treatment

If you struggle with both a mental health condition and substance abuse, you are not alone. People who have mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and more are at an increased risk of self-medicating and developing an addiction. However, a large part of recovery involves addressing and managing the root cause of your addiction and any mental health conditions you may be suffering from.

One psychotherapy that is particularly useful in treating conditions like borderline personality disorder or people with suicidal tendencies is called dialectical behavior therapy or DBT.

Here at Flourishing Foundations Recovery, we promise to customize therapies and services to match your individual needs. If you can benefit from DBT during addiction treatment, this approach may be incorporated into your treatment plan.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is a form of CBT psychotherapy that helps patients move past negative behaviors, thought processes, and emotions. It also helps patients develop a healthy perception of themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them. In doing so, DBT helps eliminate conflict in personal relationships and provides patients with new coping skills that will help them deal with difficult situations.

DBT focuses on four distinct areas, which are:

  1. Distress tolerance – During DBT, you will learn new coping skills that help you manage painful emotions and negative situations that you would otherwise react poorly to. Rather than running from situations or avoiding them, you will be more prepared to deal with stressful situations in a confident manner.
  2. Mindfulness – By increasing your self-awareness, you will become more mindful of your thoughts, emotions, and reactions. You will begin to perceive your emotions and the world around you in a more positive light. You will find yourself comfortable in accepting your current moods rather than using drugs or alcohol to escape.
  3. Emotional regulation – After relying on drugs and alcohol to cope with painful emotions, you may find it hard to control or regulate your emotions. DBT helps you understand your triggers, why you react the way you do to certain situations, and how you can better regulate your emotions.
  4. Interpersonal effectiveness – DBT will teach you practical techniques that help you be more assertive, have more self-respect, and have the ability to build and maintain strong, healthy relationships.

The primary goal of DBT is to help you develop the confidence and coping skills necessary to handle stressful or emotional situations with ease.

How is DBT Used in Addiction Treatment?

Many people who struggle with addiction also struggle with things like emotional regulation, impulsivity, and unstable self-image. Dialectical behavior therapy can be used during addiction treatment to help patients overcome these obstacles, learn new coping skills, and learn how to navigate the daily stressors of life without turning to drugs or alcohol.

Various DBT strategies that can benefit patients with addictions include:

  • Individual therapy sessions to help you learn how to best apply the new coping skills you have learned in your daily life
  • Group therapy sessions to help improve communication skills and to hear the opinions of others
  • Sessions that focus on boosting self-esteem and confidence to help you understand your self-worth and increase your emotional endurance during stressful times
  • Reflection sessions where you are encouraged to challenge unhealthy belief systems, assumptions, or perceptions about the world around you
  • Encouragement to remove unhealthy relationships from one’s life, avoid triggering situations, and seek out environments that are conducive to recovery
  • Skills development sessions that ensure the development of more functional, healthy behaviors

By helping change the way you think, react, and behave, you can transform your life entirely so that you are able to stay away from drugs and alcohol for good.

Start Your Recovery at Flourishing Foundations Recovery Today

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is only one of the many therapeutic modalities we use at Flourishing Foundations Recovery. Our Texas addiction treatment program is committed to providing each patient with the individualized therapies and services they need to achieve a successful recovery. With evidence-based treatments and a dedication to patient care, there is no better place to start your recovery.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are ready to turn your life around, please give us a call today. Our trusted admissions coordinators are available 24/7 to take your call, verify your insurance, and help you get started.

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