One of the most significant advances in the treatment of substance abuse
and addiction over the past decade, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
is being implemented by addiction treatment facilities around the country.
Though it was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality
Disorder (BPD), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can also be effective
in substance abuse treatment.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can be used in substance abuse treatment
to promote abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as reduce the negative
impacts of a relapse. When used to treat substance abuse, DBT targets
the following behaviors that interfere with one’s quality of life:
- Mood Disorders
- Binge Eating
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance Abuse
Understanding & Changing Behavior
While saying “addiction is wrong,” may technically be an accurate
statement, it is not a very persuasive reason for someone dealing with
this dilemma to change. When people seek treatment, they know that their
behavior needs to change, but may not understand how their addictive behaviors
developed in the first place. In DBT, we talk with patients about their
behaviors and learn more about what goes into their thought process when
feeling the urge to use. By understanding these behaviors, both therapist
and client can work to change them and keep moving forward.
DBT is a very hands-on form of therapy. Our team engages patients and treats
them as equals, gladly answering questions and sharing their own experiences.
Recovery is a team effort, and you should never feel like you're doing
the work alone. Contact our Arizona rehab center today.