Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Addiction is a disease, and like any other chronic illness, it must be treated with high-quality care that meets the needs of the individual.

In finding addiction treatment or mental health provider for you or your loved one, it is crucial to consider the different services and therapeutic modalities the treatment program offers. One of the most well-established and effective forms of therapy to aid in the recovery of those suffering from substance use disorders (SUDS) is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

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DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Its primary purpose is to identify and change negative thinking patterns and push individuals towards lasting positive behavioral changes. The philosophy of DBT is based on the concept that everything is composed of opposites and that change can occur when there is communication between opposing forces and helps the client to understand that change is constant and inevitable. DBT helps individuals prepare for and accept change and have the emotional bandwidth to manage new and unfamiliar situations healthily.

In DBT, the client and therapist work on both self-acceptance and moving towards change. DBT teaches the client coping mechanisms to deal with emotions and everyday situations that otherwise might be stressful or concerning for the individual. The therapist will use validation and motivation to keep the client engaged and motivated to work towards change. DBT can occur in an individual or group setting through talk therapy, art therapy, group discussions, and experiential activities. DBT is used in the treatment of young adults, adolescents, and older adults.