dialectical behavior therapyIn addiction therapy, it is necessary to find the right methods for reaching people. What’s happening to you and what you experience is likely to be significantly different from what is happening to others you know. Dialectical behavior therapy is one of the tools we may use to help you on your healing journey at Alina Lodge. It is generally a component of a larger treatment plan to help you break through your addiction.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy aims to teach you how to live your life in the moment rather than in your head. It also aims to provide you with healthy methods of dealing with the stress you face, improve the relationships you have, and even control your emotions to reduce the need to use drugs or alcohol.

This treatment was developed after discovering that traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy did not provide as much help as necessary for some people. Early on, this technique was used to treat borderline personality disorder and other mental health disorders. Today, it is also used for post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction treatment.

There are a few key components of this therapy. One is the belief that all things are connected in some way. Another is that change is constant and inevitable. It is also believed that opposite integration allows for a closer approximation of the truth. In short, the goal here is to resolve the contradiction that often happens in self-acceptance and change. Ultimately, the desire is to create positive change in people.

The Components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

During individual and group therapy sessions, individuals will learn how to apply dialectical behavior therapy. Areas of focus often include:

  • Behavioral change related to analyzing problems and behaviors to create effective outcomes
  • Acceptance and change to learn to accept and tolerate some situations you cannot change
  • Cognitive change that focuses on modifying your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors
  • Support that is based on recognizing your strengths and positive attributes
  • Collaboration, which works to improve communication
  • Skillset development is the focus on creating new skills to enhance your abilities

You may use this type of addiction therapy as a component of a larger picture of care. You will learn about strategies like core mindfulness, which is the focus of living in the moment. The focus here is on using your senses to stay in tune with what is really happening around you. You may also learn about distress tolerance, a way to help you accept the current situation that can involve techniques like distraction, self-soothing, improving the moment, and pros and cons development to handle the situation.

Emotion regulation is another common component of this care regimen. Here, you learn how to navigate through powerful feelings effectively. This may help you learn how to recognize and cope with intense negative emotions positively.

Overcoming the Challenges Through Addiction Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy is one component of a much larger treatment plan. Our goal is to give you access to the comprehensive addiction therapy you need to heal. We give you the time, patience, and support you need in a positive environment to help you. Learn more about our other therapies, including:

  • Family therapy program
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention therapy program
  • Grief therapy program
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
  • Dual diagnosis treatment

Choose to Make a Change in Your Life at Alina Lodge

At Alina Lodge, we offer a range of addiction treatment programs that could help you. Dialectical behavior therapy is one of those options. For all of your addiction therapy needs, reach out to our trusted, compassionate team. Call us at 833.685.1700 or learn more by connecting with us online.