Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT, was originally used to treat mental health patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) who engage in self-destructive behaviors.
Developed by Dr. Marsh M. Linehan at the University of Washington, DBT has proven to be successful in treating other mental health conditions as well, including immoderate and addictive drug and alcohol consumption.
Consequently, as one of America’s leading Addiction Treatment Centers, Inspire Malibu actively incorporates this therapeutic tool in our addiction treatment regimen when warranted.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Use at Inspire Malibu
As one of many effective and scientifically proven therapies, Inspire Malibu incorporates DBT for specific clients based on their personality traits and personal needs.
Modern scientific research has repeatedly proven that DBT is an efficacious therapeutic modality in psychiatric and addiction treatment.
Given this, Inspire Malibu is committed to helping the overwhelmed person learn ways to calm themselves in otherwise stressful circumstances, instead of becoming irrational or desperate.
Once learned, this skill better equips individuals to think more clearly and reduce or eliminate impulsive, often exaggerated reactions.
The core tenant of DBT is that of practicing “mindfulness,” which aids a person in tolerating and accepting emotionally-charged and often uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
Born from a Buddhist meditative tradition, this contemplative though non-religious technique teaches an individual not to judge the circumstances, thoughts and feelings they are experiencing and instead gain a new perspective through re-contextualization.
This, in turn, subdues the over-reactive impulse the addictive or personality disordered individual may suffer from, instead creating a sense of peace through enhanced coping skills.
12 Overwhelming Situations That Make Problems Worse
There are many situations that create stress and overwhelming emotions that often lead to destructive behavior. Below are some examples of behaviors that can be minimized using DBT techniques.
1. You spend a great deal of time thinking about past pains, mistakes, and problems
2. You get anxious worrying about possible future pains, mistakes and problems
3. You isolate yourself from other people to avoid distressing situations
4. You make yourself feel numb with alcohol or drugs
5. You take your feelings out on other people by getting excessively angry at them or trying to control them
6. You engage in dangerous behaviors, such as cutting, hitting, picking at, or burning yourself or pulling out your own hair
7. You engage in unsafe sexual activities, such as having sex with strangers or having frequent unprotected sex
8. You avoid dealing with the causes of your problems, such as an abusive or dysfunctional relationship
9. You use food to punish or control yourself by eating too much, not eating at all, or by throwing up what you do eat
10. You attempt suicide or engage in high-risk activities, like reckless driving or taking dangerous amounts of alcohol and drugs
11. You avoid pleasant activities, such as social events and exercise, maybe because you don’t’ think that you deserve to feel better
12. You surrender to your pain and resign yourself to living a miserable and un fulfilling life.
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Inspire Malibu drug and alcohol detox treatment centers in Los Angeles offer residential recovery programs, as well as detox and outpatient services. Services include, but are not limited to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
It’s an extremely difficult thing for anyone to come to grips with the fact that they might have a problem with alcohol addiction. The stigma alone keeps many people from seeking help, but without treatment, the problem won’t go away on its own and will only get worse over time. If it hasn’t happened already, it will take control of your life.
We understand the reluctance our clients have regarding alcohol treatment, so one of our first priorities is to provide a safe and caring environment where the healing can begin without judgment.
We view recovery as a team effort between our staff and clients, and the goal is to find the root cause of the problem and resolve any underlying issues that may get in the way of alcohol sobriety.
About Inspire Malibu
At Inspire Malibu, we ensure the success of each client because our rehab treatment program, when followed diligently, is extraordinarily effective. This effectiveness is a result of the vision of our treatment team, which has helped to create a program that combines traditional approaches with modern, all-therapy based approaches to create a program that is very different from most other rehab treatment programs.
Our staff is board certified in both addiction medicine and psychiatry.
At Inspire Malibu, a low patient to staff ratio and a high number of doctors on staff assures that patients interact with experts every day of their rehab treatment program.
Just as important as having a properly credentialed staff, our patients also benefit from the fact that we have staff on site 24 hours a day. This is particularly critical during the first few weeks of recovery when early cravings and withdrawal symptoms can cause extensive physical and mental suffering.
Our staff is available to assist with medication or provide counseling as necessary to assure that patients are no danger to themselves or others, and don’t suffer severe complications during this trying period of the rehab treatment program.