Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one of many therapeutic modalities utilized at Immersion Recovery Center. DBT is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed to help those struggling with persistent negative emotions and detrimental behavioral patterns. DBT is a skills training that includes four modules: 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 are fortunate to work directly with one of 9 DBT certified providers in the state of Florida. Dr. Michelle Quilter, who has been a fundamental part of the team for over a year, explains the benefits of DBT and how she applies the effective therapeutic method in a multi-staged addiction treatment setting.