Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a method of treatment designed to help clients in overcoming despair and other obstacles that are leading them toward suicidal thoughts, addiction, and other dangerous behaviors. Originally formulated solely for people considering self-harm, this treatment structure has proven to be very effective in helping a diverse population of clients to reclaim their self-worth and rediscover the beauty in their lives.
The Components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Unlike most other behavioral therapies, DBT contains five components. They include the following:
- Skills training. Although these group sessions can take up to six months to complete if done weekly, their structure is short in certain settings. During skills training, clients learn how to be present at the moment, how to tolerate pain without changing it, how to ask for what they want and protect their boundaries while maintaining relationships and how to change undesirable emotions.
- Individual therapy. The focus is to help clients to become more motivated and to provide strategies to apply the skills they learn in their daily lives.
- Coaching. This happens between sessions, particularly when a client is in a real-life situation that is hard to handle.
- Teaching the client to be their own case manager. The client learns to be their own advocate and problem-solver
- Providing a DBT team, which assists Dialectical Behavioral Therapy practitioners in staying motivated and highly skilled
Stages of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
There are four treatment stages in DBT. They include the following:
- Stage 1. The client is in distress, and their behaviors are out of control. The goal is to achieve behavioral control
- Stage 2. Although destructive thoughts and actions are tamped down, the client remains desperate. They still suffer from emotional inhibition as well as the effects of trauma. The goal is to move toward experiencing emotions fully
- Stage 3. The task is to learn to live healthily by making achievable goals and building self-respect. Success comes when the person begins to experience an ordinary life of happiness and unhappiness
- Stage 4. For some, ordinary happiness is not enough. They need spiritual wholeness. Therefore, the goal is to move from a sense of incompleteness to wholeness and freedom
These goals do not come with specific time frames; clients and therapists spend as much or as little time on each as they deem necessary.
Getting the Help You Need
If the use of drugs or alcohol is bringing you to a place of despair, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy may well be a solution that brings you to a new and healthier outlook. At Serenity Light Recovery, an addiction healing center in Angleton, Texas, our caring and professional staff is trained in this approach. Those who come into our residential and intensive outpatient programs can expect respect and understanding, and it is our mission to be a beacon of light and hope to everyone who entrusts their recovery to us. Our wide range of offerings includes the following:
- Full medical detox therapies
- Comprehensive physical, psychological and addiction evaluation
- Proven recovery strategies such as DBT, 12 step, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) using the patient-centered Hazelden model
- Beautiful 10-acre campus
- Life-enriching amenities such as yoga and fitness
Don’t live another day in the destructive cycle of substance abuse. The caring professionals at Serenity Light Recovery are here to help you reclaim your happy and healthy future. You deserve a program that integrates the most up-to-date medical, genetic and behavioral techniques. We understand that addiction affects you mentally, physically and spiritually, and our compassionate and evidence-based approach takes all of them into account. Call us today at 855.658.6109 to begin your recovery journey.