At Immersion Recovery Center, we utilize a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic methods, including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) developed to help people struggling with persistent negative emotions and related behavioral patterns. DBT is a skills training that includes four modules. The four modules that are presented in the DBT skills training are: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The overarching goal of DBT is to help clients live a “life worth living.” Clients reach this goal as they learn to live in the present moment, develop personal goals, decrease negative emotions and increase positive emotions, and improve their interpersonal relationships.
In early recovery from addiction, we tend to be preoccupied with regrets from the past and fear of the future. We need to intentionally practice living in the present moment to reduce our distress. The mindfulness skills of DBT allow us to focus on today. This is in alignment with the 12-step recovery concept of “one day at a time.” The emotional regulation skills of DBT allow us to stabilize our emotions. While actively using, the neurochemical effects on the brain have contributed to emotional dysregulation. DBT provides us with coping skills that can expedite the process of reaching neurochemical homeostasis.
At Immersion Recovery Center, we provide each of our clients with an effective program of addiction recovery that combines evidence-based therapies like CBT and DBT, 12-Step recovery and holistic treatments. To learn more, contact us today.