Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

The process of rehab and recovery can involve a number of treatment options and therapies, depending on the needs of the individual. A relatively new but highly effective form of therapy is called dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, which was created by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the late 1980s. At True Recovery, we offer DBT for substance abuse as part of our customized addiction recovery programs.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT is a form of a cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a type of psychotherapy used for the effective treatment of substance abuse. It is a safe form of therapy that is meant to teach the client methods that they can use to avoid repeating habits, feelings, or cravings that cause them harm. This includes the cravings and feelings that are associated with addiction to alcohol, opiates, stimulants, and other types of legal and illegal drugs. Additionally, it is also useful in the treatment of individuals with mental health issues such as depression and eating disorders. Originally, this type of treatment was used for treating individuals who are at risk of suicide.

How Does DBT Work?

When you participate in DBT, you will work with a highly trained therapist who understands and is experienced with this form of treatment. Dialectical behavior therapy for substance abusers involves group and individual sessions. Skill training sessions take place in a group setting. These meetings are meant to teach clients the skills needed to correct negative behaviors that can lead to drug or alcohol use. This involves learning about distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal relations. The individual sessions of DBT for substance abuse are meant to help clients stay motivated as they face challenges, obstacles, and other potential triggers in their daily lives.

How Exactly Does it Help?

DBT aids in the treatment of and recovery from addiction in several ways. It can be used to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms that come from suddenly discontinuing the use of drugs. Temptation and cravings can be diminished, and it can help a client avoid triggers or situations that are detrimental to their recovery. This type of therapy also helps substance abusers cultivate new friendships and relationships as well as participation in hobbies and other activities that can be a fun and fulfilling substitute for drug use. In general, DBT reduces the risk of clients discontinuing their rehab or relapsing at a later date.

How to Start DBT at True Recovery

Dialectical behavior therapy for substance abusers is among the treatment options provided in True Recovery's intensive outpatient treatment programs (IOP). Our professional staff can evaluate your needs for addiction counseling, determine if DBT is a helpful option, and help customize a plan that is right for you. We accept most insurance plans, and our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or help you get the goal-oriented treatment you need. Contact us today by phone or online to get started on the path toward achieving your dreams with True Recovery.