Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan in response to perceived deficiencies in CBT’s ability to treat patients suffering from borderline personality disorders and other chronic, self-injuring behavior, such as cutting or attempted suicide.
Dialectical behavioral therapy has been found to be effective at treating a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, dialectical behavioral therapy is a very common method of treatment for those suffering from co-occurring disorders or dual diagnoses.
Under a dialectical behavioral therapy program, addiction is believed to be perpetuated and maintained through a combination of emotional vulnerability and invalidating environments. Using group therapy, individual therapy, and phone coaching, dialectical behavioral therapy patients are treated to a balance of validation, acceptance, and encouragement to help foster behavioral improvements. Through this approach, patients learn to develop the essential skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.
For the right person, and particularly for those suffering from co-occurring disorders or polysubstance addiction, dialectical behavioral therapy can be a critical component of a successful addiction treatment program.
The residential treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center offers a variety of different behavioral therapy options to ensure our patients have access to the comprehensive care they need. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.