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How Can DBT Help with Addiction?

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Therapy is essential for addiction recovery. Studies show that mental health, mood disorders, trauma, and life experience all affect addiction. Therapy is one of the safest, most effective ways to understand addiction and recover. Today, there are many approaches and types of therapy for addiction. Behavioral therapies are a leader in addiction recovery to help clients understand their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors and create lasting changes. Dialectical behavior therapy is a great way for clients to build emotional tolerance and reduce addiction triggers.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, dialectical behavior therapy can help. NuLife Behavioral Health’s Massachusetts clinic provides flexible dual diagnosis treatment for mental health and addiction, including DBT. Call us now at 888.568.2057 to learn more about how dialectic behavioral therapy can help with addiction recovery.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

As the name “behavior therapy” suggests, behavior therapies help clients understand and change behavior over time. Dialectical behavior therapy, also called DBT, is a behavior therapy that focuses on emotions. “Dialectical” means “an integration of opposites.” DBT puts a client’s focus on understanding and balancing emotional extremes that may lead to drug use or reckless behavior.

For many clients, substances like drugs and alcohol help dampen difficult emotions. In fact, studies show that at least half of people with co-occurring mood disorders struggle with addiction that develops through self-soothing with drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, these difficult emotions can return and worsen once the effects of a substance wear off. Dialectical behavior therapy can help clients build emotional tolerance. Through talk therapy sessions, DBT helps clients integrate emotions, improve emotional intelligence, and build resilience.

How Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy Help with Addiction?

DBT is an evidence-based therapy, meaning it continues to develop through case studies that show therapists and clients DBT really works and helps clients beyond emotional tolerance and balance. Through DBT sessions, clients feel more motivated to stay sober, learn how to lower stress levels without self-medicating, and become more comfortable in the present moment. Benefits of DBT in addiction treatment include:

  • Increased pain tolerance
  • Ability to experience emotions fully
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Learning to say “no”
  • Increased stress tolerance
  • Ability to shift emotional states
  • Shifting relationships
  • Increased self-compassion
  • Individualized care
  • Adaptable therapy program
  • Daily coping tools
  • Emotional tolerance

Dialectical behavior therapy can also help clients improve communication and understanding through group and family therapy sessions. Depending on a client’s needs, clients can practice tools from DBT in group therapy sessions as well as alternative therapy sessions. These spaces provide a safe and effective way to practice shifting behavior with additional support. Family DBT sessions can help those in recovery shift home dynamics and improve communication while also helping their loved ones express difficult emotions in a safe space.

Begin Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Massachusetts for Addiction Recovery Today

Addiction can be especially challenging for home life. DBT can help loved ones better understand emotional states, addiction, and mental health for collective healing. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and mental health, dialectical behavior therapy can help. At NuLife Behavioral Health’s Massachusetts outpatient clinic, we meet clients where they’re at for individualized, dual diagnosis treatment for mental health and addiction recovery. Our flexible outpatient programs provide intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization alongside referrals for residential and aftercare programs with our trusted partner clinics.

Feel the Difference DBT Makes for Addiction Treatment at NuLife Behavioral Health

No matter where you are in your recovery, DBT can be a tool for better mental health. Learn how dialectical behavior therapy for dual diagnosis can help you thrive today. If you’re ready to learn more, call us now at 888.568.2057 to get started with enrollment.