What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

When considering what type of treatment would best suit you through your recovery journey, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is often forgotten. Unlike cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), DBT mainly focuses on your struggle with substance use disorders and multiple psychosocial disorders, including suicidal ideations.

At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer the guidance and support that you need to handle the difficult topics brought up in your DBT sessions. Not only do they focus on individual therapy for DBT, but also on group skill sessions and providing comprehensive support. This support can help to alleviate the negative feelings of going through this emotional journey alone. The main goal of DBT is to help you learn the necessary skills to change negative behaviors with positive ones and overcome the emotional impacts of addiction.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy Exactly?

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of therapy that helps you to overcome substance use disorders or other severe psychosocial disorders. This form of therapy was specifically designed to promote abstinence from substance use and reduce the chances of a relapse occurring. While abstaining from substance use may seem near impossible at first, this type of therapy focuses on helping you to gain the skills to overcome this fear.

DBT treatment is comprised of 5 essential steps:

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

When it comes to developing a treatment plan for DBT, it is your therapist’s job to create an effective recovery plan and maintain a treatment plan that is personalized to you. DBT can be done through both inpatient and outpatient care. While you may feel that outpatient care is the best option, at Healing Pines Recovery, we believe that inpatient care can be more effective towards recovery as there is constant access to help and support through the recovery period.

So how does dialectical behavior therapy work? DBT aims to decrease any behaviors that could be harmful or potentially life-threatening. Through coaching and a personalized recovery plan, treatment can vary depending upon the severity of the situation. DBT then aims to enforce self-acceptance and navigate you away from impulsive behaviors, feelings of rejection, and intense negative emotions.  With the help of the experienced and passionate staff here at Healing Pines Recovery, you are steps away from accomplishing this.

Through the Stages of Recovery

In the early stages of recovery, there can be feelings of guilt or shame. The concept of self-acceptance can seem completely out of reach. With the help of DBT, these negative responses can be addressed and altered. DBT treatment is not a “race to the finish line” style of treatment but more so a “marathon” that should be taken at your own pace. Understandably, you may want instant results. It is important to allow yourself time to process each emotion.

During the later stages of recovery, DBT can help you to identify and change unhealthy patterns in your daily life. You may find that some of these patterns may have led to addiction initially, as well as continuing the use of substances during your addiction. Re-addressing difficult emotional situations can become easier as DBT is practiced. Skills training through DBT can be effective if you are not only struggling with substance use disorder but with co-occurring disorders as well.

Healing Pines and Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Healing Pines Recovery uses dialectical behavior therapy in an inpatient treatment setting. By having groups of men being much smaller, only 6 to 8 individuals, you have constant access to the care you need. At other treatment centers, there is no guarantee that you will be met with the same levels of passion as you would at a smaller and more connected treatment center.

While DBT treatment can be done through outpatient methods, there can sometimes be a lack of connection to the treatment program. This could potentially lead to you not showing up, being late, or continuing bad habits. With inpatient treatment, there is little fear of these things happening. Being at an inpatient treatment center can help you to learn skills to be more accountable without throwing away your opportunity to recover.

Throughout your journey to sobriety, we want to ensure that each individual is receiving personalized care that best suits them. At first glance, it can be terrifying, but it can be reassuring to know that there are people here who are passionate and dedicated to helping you overcome this addiction and the emotional damage it has caused you. Not only do we want to help get you on the right path to recovery, but we seek to inspire the hope within you that you can lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.

When it comes to tackling the deeper and more intense emotions in recovery, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be incredibly beneficial. DBT is a type of behavior therapy that was developed to help those suffering from substance use disorders or multiple psychosocial disorders.

Throughout DBT treatment, you will learn how to establish healthy coping skills to combat your emotions, feelings of rejection, and impulsive behaviors. Healing Pines Recovery has experienced medical professionals to help guide you through these difficult times and provide you with the information you need to move forward. Along with group skills sessions and coaching in between sessions, Healing Pines Recovery aims to assist you through the recovery process.

If you identify as male or know someone who does and is seeking further assistance with a substance use disorder, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Contact Healing Pines Recovery today at (720) 575-2621.

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