Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Many clients come to Beaches Recovery with mental health concerns in addition to their chemical dependency.
To that end, Beaches Recovery has therapists specially trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT to improve emotional stability, decrease depressive and anxious symptoms and improve self-esteem.

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a multi-stage treatment method that teaches important skills to clients dealing with mental disorders and/or a struggle with addiction. Clients enrolled in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program can greatly benefit from the four different components, the various treatment stages of DBT and the key skills it teaches. If you or someone you love is planning to break free from addiction, including dialectical behavioral therapy may be an integral component for success.

How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Works

DBT is a one-on-one treatment method that is based on psychosocial aspects. This form of therapy operates on the idea that some people react strongly to certain stimuli or emotions and become overwhelmed. These people may be those that see the world in black and white, and they are often the same people who struggle with addiction.

DBT aims to help clients accept themselves and understand that flaws do not define a person. At the same time, the therapy tries to help clients find constructive ways to improve their lives and acknowledge that change needs to occur in order for them to reach their goals.

DBT begins by prioritizing the various targets for therapy. The main objective is to eliminate life-threatening behaviors, which could include substance abuse or thoughts of suicide. The secondary objective is eliminating behaviors that interfere with treatment, and the tertiary objective is addressing behavior that might be limiting a client’s overall quality of life.

As a Client DBT will address:

  • AAA Model – Awareness, Acceptance, Action
  • Emotional regulationMindfulness Skills
  • Self-Soothing techniques
  • Problem Solving
  • Behavior analysis
  • Setting SMART Goals
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness skills
  • Distress Tolerance

The Four Stages of DBT

To be most effective, dialectical behavioral therapy is divided into four stages. Clients work their way through each stage in order to tackle their addictions and live the life they should be enjoying. The four stages of DBT are:

Stage 1: Unhappy clients who are engaging in self-destructive behaviors.

Stage 2: Behavior that is controlled, but still unhappy and lacking in full, comprehensive positive emotions.

Stage 3: A life with clearly defined goals, respect, peace and overall happiness.

Stage 4: The development of meaning in life, which could be through religion or personal fulfillment.

The Effectiveness of DBT

Dialectical behavioral therapy can be beneficial to nearly everyone, as it helps individuals harness and deal with their emotions in a positive, meaningful way. For those who struggle with addiction, however, it can be even more beneficial. DBT is an effective means of treatment, and many clients who participate in this form of therapy can see lower rates of relapse. In addition, DBT clients experience a greater quality of life and can finding meaning rather than just going through the motions of life without true happiness.

Dialectical behavioral therapy can be instrumental in the recovery process. If you’re dealing with addiction but are ready to break free, contact Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, at 866-274-9281 for details on bed availability, program options and how you can turn around your life for good.