Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of evidence-based psychotherapy that helps individuals effectively deal with stress and regulate their emotions.
How Does DBT Work?
DBT treatment generally lasts for four to eight months with sessions that occur weekly. Each of these sessions will last around an hour, and your therapist will work directly with you to determine the length of DBT treatment that is most effective for your needs.
During your initial DBT session, your therapist will ask you several questions to learn about your past, addiction history, health history, and other relevant information that could be relevant for success in therapy. After the initial intake, the DBT process occurs over four stages:
- Stage 1: Address destructive behavior, such as substance abuse, and practice distress tolerance when these behaviors arise
- Stage 2: Develop skills to help decrease destructive behavior, including emotional regulation during triggering scenarios
- Stage 3: Focus on interpersonal effectiveness to promote healthy relationships and self-esteem
- Stage 4: Encourage mindfulness practices that encourage joy and connection
You and your therapist will work through each of these stages together during your sessions. After DBT, you should feel equipped to manage triggering situations with effective coping skills instead of destructive or harmful behaviors.
What Conditions Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy Help With?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Substance Use Disorders
Many individuals who suffer from substance use disorders use substances as a coping mechanism for stressful situations. DBT at Southeast Detox provides our patients with the skills they need to develop effective coping skills. With the help of skilled DBT professionals, patients can employ positive coping strategies when challenges arise, instead of relying on drugs or drink.
For those who struggle with addiction, substance use can be viewed as a form of self-harm. The skills employed in this type of therapy prevent further harm and greatly reduce the risk of relapse when distress tolerance tools are utilized.
Benefits of DBT
Finding Support that Meets Your Needs
We are here to serve you through Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other forms of treatment that helps you accomplish your goals. At Southeast Detox, we believe in providing a variety of therapies that cater to your strengths and challenges. Our addiction specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan so you can get the help you need to lead a happy and sober life.
To learn more about DBT or other therapies offered at Southeast Detox that may help you on your healing journey, reach out to us at (706) 873-9955.
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