When you are ready to take back your life from addiction, you will want to know what is in store for your treatment. You may receive medication as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. However, therapy is one of the most important components of addiction treatment. There are several types of behavioral therapy used for addiction, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
To get sober and stay sober, you need comprehensive opioid addiction treatment that includes therapy, medication, and support. Our addiction therapy programs include DBT and more as a part of our science-backed Symetria Method. To find out more about how our patients succeed with getting clean through DBT and MAT, call us today at 855.282.4819.
How Is DBT Used in Addiction Therapy Programs?
You may not be familiar with dialectical behavior therapy and how it can help guide you toward sober living. The most common form of behavioral therapy for addiction is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It may also be referred to as “talk therapy” and can help you reframe distorted thoughts affecting your mood and behavior. DBT is a type of CBT that focuses more on acceptance and non-judgment of one’s current state. There is less emphasis on one’s thoughts and more on identifying triggers and coming up with healthier ways to respond. While CBT is a potent ally for healing, there are times when DBT may be more fitting:
- Dialectical behavior therapy may be more appropriate for people who have drastic mood swings or strong emotional responses – This therapy can help you maintain emotional stability by helping you control how you respond to others and your surroundings.
- DBT may be a better choice for those who have thoughts of suicide or self-harm – Impulsive behaviors can be addressed with DBT by pinpointing the triggers for these actions and learning how to respond differently in a way that is not reckless.
- This therapy can be more helpful for people who have a borderline personality disorder (BPD) – Those with BPD may struggle with accepting the things they cannot change, such as people’s actions or feelings. This can lead to strong emotions or feelings of rejection that trigger dangerous behaviors. With DBT, you will learn how to be more present and accept the things you cannot control.
Addiction therapy programs may make use of a combination of therapeutic tools depending on your individual needs, so you may receive a blend of CBT and DBT to address different aspects of your condition.
How Effective Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction?
If you had tried therapy before and did not feel it was effective, do not give up on trying therapy to help you tackle addiction. Many therapists who felt their clients were not making progress found encouraging results when they added elements of DBT to their sessions. To help you get clean, you need the right type of therapy for your specific needs. Recovery is not one-size-fits-all. DBT skills have been shown to impart the following benefits for even the most challenging patients:
- Higher likelihood of sticking with treatment
- Lower risk of self-harm
- Lower risk of impulsive behaviors
- Improved ability to regulate emotions
Achieve Long-Term Sobriety with DBT at Symetria Recovery
Behavioral therapy is a must-have for well-rounded opioid addiction treatment. The addiction therapy programs at Symetria Recovery are customized for your individual needs, so you will receive the therapy to give you the highest chance of success for long-term sobriety. We provide CBT, DBT, group therapy, and family therapy, along with medication-assisted treatment to ensure that you get clean and stay clean. To learn more about our comprehensive approach to addiction treatment, call us today at 855.282.4819.