As a female seeking rehab treatment, you may run across the term “dialectical behavioral therapy” or DBT. However, what is DBT and how can it help you achieve lasting recovery? Where do you gain this therapy and the other addiction treatment programs you need? Are there other therapies you need, in addition to DBT?
In a nutshell, dialectical behavioral therapy is just one of many therapies you have access to in women’s rehab. This therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT focuses on your problem-solving skills and acceptance of your needs, so you better achieve goals and healthy balance in your life. Together, DBT and other therapies help you work toward strong, lasting recovery.
About Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy gives you great promise for your future. This therapy lays the foundation for meeting your life goals. For example, you use skills gained through DBT to understand your needs and accept them. You also start rebuilding your life through this helpful therapy process.
DBT takes place in individual counseling and group therapy. In individual counseling for DBT, you work one-on-one with your dedicated therapist. You dig deep into the therapy in ways best suited for your recovery. In the group setting, you gain an understanding of DBT concepts and learn skills to apply throughout your relationships with loved ones.
DBT includes a focus on your strengths and capabilities. You learn to manage your emotions as well as your behaviors. Also, you learn mindfulness for applying that skill in all areas of your daily life. You even gain interpersonal skills and learn how to accept times or sources of distress, to tolerate other people and situations better.
One of the best benefits from DBT is learning how to have difficult discussions without becoming emotional. You learn to see things more clearly as well as communicate better with others. This works well throughout your life. You then gain immediate benefit in school, work, community, and home settings.
How DBT Helps You As An Individual
In DBT, you focus on your problem areas. This means you gain help for the issues that pop up in your behaviors time and time again. Your unique treatment plan starts with the most significant behavioral problems you face and meeting those urgent needs first.
One therapist will not always know every answer for the hurdles you face. For your dialectical behavioral therapy, your therapist sometimes works together with other counselors treating you in rehab. They cooperate and exchange information to help you reach your goals.
DBT was born from the need to help people like you work toward recovery. In the past, addiction treatment left many people feeling overwhelmed by too much quick change. They started feeling that all of the changes meant they had no positive skills, beliefs, or behaviors. You can easily understand how someone feeling everything they do is wrong makes them also feel beaten down and overwhelmed.
Now, therapists help you grow and change with DBT and without making you feel every facet of your life is “bad.” This prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and angry, as people in rehab once did. You gain more warmth and positivity from your treatment instead of feeling like you can only screw up.
You have many talents, positive attributes, and healthy aspects in your life. However, you just need better skills and clarity. You need to see your positive qualities and accept some of your negative ones so that you can create goals for growth and change.
How DBT Mixes with Your Other Rehab Treatment
DBT mixes well with all of your therapies and recovery needs in rehab. Of course, for your best wellness and lasting recovery, you need a mix of treatment methods. These include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Addiction counseling and education
- Family therapy
- Extended care options
- Aftercare and sober living
- 12 step approach
At Soledad House in San Diego, women just like you gain the female-specific and focused rehab necessary for strong, lasting recovery. This recovery includes dialectical behavioral therapy, CBT, as well as other therapies. Call Soledad House now at 866-314-3222 for more information about available programs.