Substance use disorders are often fueled by harmful behaviors and dysfunctional emotions. In order to effectively treat addiction, we must address the mental and emotional instability produced by persistent drug use. Behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy are well known to be effective methods of treatment.
Some conditions these therapies are known to help include:
- Substance use disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Sex addictions
- Eating disorders
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy designed to help people identify, understand, and ultimately change dysfunctional behaviors. In contrast to other forms of therapy, CBT focuses on the “now,” rather than a person’s past. During CBT sessions, guests focus on their thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, with the goal of understanding how these relate to their unstable behavior.
For those in recovery, CBT therapy is an excellent tool to help recognize and manage triggers, cravings, and risky situations. Guests who participate in cognitive behavioral therapy, learn to identify high-risk situations and develop the skills needed to make healthy decisions. Further, CBT promotes active involvement in one’s recovery. An example would be keeping track of emotions and thoughts between sessions. Guests and their therapists can review this information together, and discuss effective ways to handle undesirable emotions. Working closely with their therapists, guests develop a blueprint in order to overcome self-defeating behaviors. Additionally, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered a short-term form of treatment, typically consisting of 10 to 20 sessions.
The length of treatment will depend on several factors including but not limited to—severity of symptoms, substance use history, and level of improvement during therapy. Studies have shown that cognitive-behavioral therapy statistically increases the chances of long-term sobriety. One study, in particular, showed that cognitive-behavioral therapy was successful at treating a large range of addictive disorders. Through this practice, guests learn healthy coping skills that will prepare them for the road ahead.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an altered form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It differs from CBT in that guests are encouraged to embrace all feelings and thoughts, including stressful ones, instead of rejecting them. Finding the right balance between acceptance and change is one of the main objectives of dialectical behavioral therapy. Effectively, DBT combines mindfulness and acceptance, with conventional CBT exercises. Guests and their therapists work very closely and collaborate to set realistic goals for their recovery.
Dialectical behavioral therapy is broken down into four areas, focused on helping guests interact with their environment in a healthy way, and improve their lives.
These four areas include:
This teaches guests how to remain present in the current moment, being aware and accepting of our thoughts, emotions, and environment, without judgment. Guests also learn that their thoughts do not need to dictate their actions. In recovery, this can be a valuable stress reduction tool, lessening the likelihood of relapse.
For those in recovery, distress tolerance tools can mean the difference between recovery and relapse. Making poor choices during times of high-stress can quickly lead to regrettable decisions. Distress tolerance equips guests with the tools to make safe decisions during challenging moments.
Negative and unwanted emotions can quickly become a trigger for someone in recovery. Being unable to handle unwanted emotions in a healthy way can be a major roadblock for anyone in sobriety. DBT teaches guests to appropriately identify, regulate, and work through negative emotions.
Working with and dealing with others in a healthy way is a must for anyone in recovery. During DBT guests develop and improve their communication and relationship skills. Specifically, this focuses on making requests of others and learning that it’s ok to say no.
At Royal Life Centers, we utilize evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive behavioral therapy and Dialectical behavioral therapy, to best serve our guests. Our licensed DBT and CBT therapists work closely with guests to create a comprehensive, customized treatment plan. In conjunction with our other forms of therapy, we treat addiction and substance use disorder from all angles—leaving no stone unturned. We offer an extensive treatment experience including medical detox, residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living. Combined with excellent amenities, numerous accreditations, and the finest staff in the industry, Royal Life Centers is your choice for substance abuse treatment.
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