How is Dialectical Behavior Therapy Used in Addiction Treatment?Beaches Recovery prides itself in using evidence-based treatment methods to help people overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs like heroin. There are many different treatment centers out there, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.

By coming to Beaches Recovery, you’ll be at a facility that you can trust because it uses methods like Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT, which has helped many people begin a life of recovery from active addiction. There are many different aspects to Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT to help people who have different severities of addiction.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT?

Those suffering from the disease of addiction have been stuck in the same cycle of drinking or using for many days, months or years. The word “dialectical” means a synthesis or integration of complete opposites. It’s an evidence-based methodology that been designed to help people change their behaviors. The idea is to help patients see how they need to change what they’re doing in order to reach their goals and achieve positive results. DBT can be broken down into four different sets of behavioral skills, which is separated by accepted- and change-oriented skills. By working through these different behavioral skills, you’ll have tools that you can use in your recovery for years to come.

Acceptance-Oriented Skills through Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT

The first skill you’ll learn through acceptance-oriented DBT is mindfulness. Mindfulness is an idea that’s been around for many years, and it’s based on the idea of meditation. Through meditation, a person becomes fully aware of the present moment. Many people struggling from addiction fear the future and regret the past, so it’s important to stay in the current moment as a way of accepting what is going on. This can be useful for stress, fear and pain. Some people who now struggling with heroin addiction after a prescription opiate addiction due to chronic pain have found that mindfulness has been able to help with their symptoms.

No matter how long people stay in treatment, they need to be prepared for life on life’s terms. Distress tolerance is about tolerating the pain associated with different types of difficult situations rather than trying to change it. Life happens, and people will lose jobs, partners and loved ones throughout their recovery, so it’s important to know how to navigate through the emotions of these situations when they arise.

Change-Oriented Skills through Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT

The other sets of skills learned through Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT are interpersonal effectiveness, as well as emotion regulation. Different 12-step programs use the serenity prayer in their meetings to help remind people in recovery that they must learn to accept the things they cannot change and have the courage to change the things they can.

While people can’t change people, places and situations, through interpersonal effectiveness, they can learn to change what they want to about themselves. Some of this change includes regulating emotions, and this goes hand-in-hand with the acceptance skills. Once individuals can have acceptance, they’ll see that their emotions can be regulated.

Beaches Recovery in sunny Florida is here to help guide you through the addiction treatment process so you can go on to live a happy, healthy life. You’ll find that through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other treatment methods, you can become the person you’ve always wanted to be, and you can become once again the person that your loved ones remember. Give Beaches Recovery a call today at 866-605-0532 to find out more information.