Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
A Proven Addiction Treatment Therapy.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach founded on the belief that untreated biological and environmental factors can heighten emotional states quickly and for longer periods of time. DBT is a proven treatment for substance addiction and effectively addresses self-destructive behaviors, aggression and depression by focusing on strengthening one’s ability to regulate his or her emotions. DBT is based on various goals and stages, and works to treat not only current issues, but deep-rooted issues negatively affecting the client’s life. DBT hones in on the most destructive, predominant issues first, and then addresses issues that impact treatment, such as behavioral patterns and coping skills.
We Specialize In DBT.
It’s important to note that Addiction Campuses has a specialization in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Not only is this something we know helps addicts recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, but our clients need to know that we practice DBT ourselves. At Addiction Campuses, it is not “do as I say, not as I do.” We absolutely walk the talk when it comes to practicing DBT, teaching DBT skills and using DBT’s proven addiction treatment therapies.
DBT Has Been Proven To Work For Patients Struggling With Addiction – And Other Co-Occurring Mental Illnesses.
Research Studies on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy conducted by The University of Washington find that that DBT is an effective treatment for severely dysfunctional drug dependent patients. Other studies have found show that DBT is superior to usual treatment in reducing high risk behaviors in patients.
At Addiction Campuses, we apply the full DBT model, rather than selecting bits and pieces as many other treatment programs do. Since DBT targets emotional irregularities, clients learn to apply more than 50 DBT coping skills centered on substance abuse and mental health. These skills are utilized and monitored on a daily basis.
Diary cards are helpful tools during the recovery process and during group and individual therapy. On one side of the card, clients circle the DBT skills they use each day. On the other side of the card, they log their feelings, cravings and any urges to use. By keeping physical track of and sharing in their thoughts and emotions, clients learn to more effectively cope with mood swings or destructive thoughts.
As a required component of DBT, our clinical teams come together every week for DBT team consultations. During these meetings, our professional staff discusses and monitors our adherence to the therapy. Cases from both clinical and DBT standpoints are discussed.
As part of our DBT services, recovery coaches are available. Recovery coaches, who are in recovery themselves and understand firsthand the recovery process, provide clients with around-the-clock and stay in constant contact no matter the clients’ circumstances. Should any concerns or issues arise during treatment, recovery coaches assist clients with skill building and coping mechanisms.
Alumni coordinators also follow the client through the recovery process from beginning to end. They are typically in recovery themselves, and help to ensure clients receive appropriate, ongoing support following treatment.
DBT’s Substance-Abuse–Specific Behavioral Targets Include:
- Decreasing abuse of substances, including illicit drugs and legally prescribed drugs taken in a manner not prescribed;
- Alleviating physical discomfort associated with abstinence and/or withdrawal;
- Diminishing urges, cravings, and temptations to abuse;
- Avoiding opportunities and cues to abuse, for example by burning bridges to persons, places, and things associated with drug abuse and by destroying the telephone numbers of drug contacts, getting a new telephone number, and throwing away drug paraphernalia;
- Reducing behaviors conducive to drug abuse, such as momentarily giving up the goal to get off drugs and instead functioning as if the use of drugs cannot be avoided; and
- Increasing community reinforcement of healthy behaviors, such as fostering the development of new friends, rekindling old friendships, pursuing social/vocational activities, and seeking environments that support abstinence and punish behaviors related to drug abuse.
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One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN!
—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate