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dialectical behavior therapy program palm springsWhen it comes to treating substance use disorders, there are many approaches. Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is commonly used at many addiction treatment facilities. As evidence-based psychotherapy, DBT has proven helpful for those battling a substance use disorder. This form of therapy helps find constructive ways to deal with trauma, works on rebuilding damaged relationships, and works to manage triggers.

Dialectical behavior therapy helps you become more self-aware to control your emotions and reach your goal of lifelong sobriety. To learn more about DBT and what addiction therapy programs may be right for you, contact Palo Verde Wellness today at 760.209.6683.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT was developed over 30 years ago by Psychologist Marsh M. Lineham. The framework of dialectical thinking is when you intentionally look at a situation from all different perspectives to learn to react better to that situation in the future. DBT helps break down challenges into parts that are easier to manage. The approach can bring to light every detail that has led to addiction and what has kept you from breaking the cycle of addiction. It focuses on the negatives so that you can turn the situation into a positive one.

The four main pillars of a DBT program are:

  • Group therapy to develop coping skills
  • Individual therapy
  • Daily accountability with homework and tasks
  • Virtual coaching sessions

In addition to helping with substance use disorders, DBT can be beneficial in treating:

  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety

Finding Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Palm Springs

Each person’s experience with DBT will be different. Like any treatment program, it will be customized for each individual and their needs. Depending on the person, most people receiving DBT participate in individual and group sessions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy may also be an option, offering different benefits that help get to the root cause of your substance use disorder.

Do your research and ask questions about the therapists you are considering and the addiction treatment facility that they may be associated with. Know their experience as a therapist and their experience with using DBT, specifically with clients. Those that practice DBT effectively can easily put the practice into place and adjust the therapy when and if needed.

Wherever you decide to receive DBT, the approach will be practical. It focuses on:

  1. Treating self-destructive behaviors and helping manage how you control situations.
  2. Practicing mindfulness each and every moment of every day.
  3. Improving relationships that suffered because of your addiction and helping to build newer, stronger ones.
  4. Highlighting the positives and letting go of negative associations with substance abuse.

DBT at Palo Verde Wellness

Deciding to enter an addiction treatment facility is the first step to the goal of lifelong sobriety. At Palo Verde Wellness, we define wellness as a state of physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. Our holistic approach to healing provides lasting recovery to our clients. Clinicians draw on their own experience in recovery to provide the best in behavioral healthcare and wellness coaching for every client. To heal the mind, body, and spirit as part of the therapeutic approach, Palo Verde Wellness offers several evidence-based clinical approaches to every client. Each client receives a personalized treatment plan that can include:

  • Neurofeedback
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy

To learn more about DBT and all of your therapeutic options, contact the Palo Verde Wellness team at 760.209.6683.