Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (or DBT) is another common form of talk therapy that is found in many substance abuse treatment programs. DBT is ideal for clients who find themselves experiencing intense emotions, such as those with BPD or other personality disorders. DBT is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but has been specially adapted for those who experience intense emotions and who have difficulty with the regulation and management of those emotions.
DBT programs help clients accept the reality of their lives and determine how their behavior and thinking have contributed to this reality. This form of therapy then assists clients in changing those unhelpful behaviors and forms of thinking in order to better manage their lives. The goal of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is for clients to feel validated in their emotions while also acknowledging how positive changes to those emotions and behaviors can improve their lives.
During individual and group therapy sessions, clients will interact with licensed and trained counselors to work through underlying issues that may be contributing to their drug or alcohol addiction.
During trauma-informed therapy sessions, clients are able to talk with a specialist who accounts for their past trauma and the way it may have affected their thinking, behavior, and ability to interact with treatment.
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