The cycle of addiction is a function of numerous elements that play out in someone’s life. Genetic aspects combined with emotional and psychological factors all play a role, as well as life experience, including trauma. Professional drug treatment works to break the cycle and maximize long-term outcomes. Many proven addiction therapies work well to help people leave drug use behind. One highly effective treatment is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Dialectical behavior therapy in Colorado is available in the center-city area of Denver at Mile High Recovery Center. For information about this evidence-based addiction treatment, contact us to speak to one of our staff who can answer all your questions. It’s easy. Just fill out our online form or call us at 855.796.2102.
What is DBT in Colorado?
As its name implies, a form of behavioral therapy, DBT, brings two seemingly opposite things together – acceptance and change. By accepting what is and then shifting it to something that better enables your well-being, you can change your outcomes. DBT helps with symptoms of suicidality, self-harm, and trauma on their own or as they intersect with substance misuse.
Dialectical behavior therapy in Denver at Mile High Recovery is highly effective in treating addiction because it identifies healthier ways of living while providing the skills to do that. In a nutshell, DBT enables you to manage and then shift both hurtful beliefs and risky behaviors.
Dialectical behavior therapy can be used in group therapy and individual counseling. In either case, the therapist is trained to initiate healing processes by focusing on specific touchpoints of DBT.
How Does Dialectical Behavior Therapy Work?
Looking at some of DBT’s focus areas, we can understand how they work.
- Mindfulness – The practice of focusing on the present moment is woven throughout this form of addiction therapy. When a mind suffers from the disease of addiction, it often depends on impulse and reactivity to cope with stress or extreme emotions. It can also default to thoughts prompted by fear or anxiety, leading to substance abuse. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and deep breathing quiet the mind, focus thoughts on the here and now–not what is wanted, feared, or expected–and make possible the steps outlined below.
- Distress tolerance – Many addicted people have difficulty tolerating hardship, upset, and even the unexpected. Their use of alcohol or drugs may well have begun as a way to cope with such challenges. If they have experienced trauma, they may be especially triggered by difficulty and stress. Distress tolerance and mindfulness are closely aligned in DBT.
- Cognitive and behavioral modification – Like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), DBT also focuses on thoughts, beliefs, and expectations to positively affect behaviors. Dialectical behavior therapy seeks to buttress beliefs and expectations that function well for you, are valid, and are not warped by dysfunctional or harmful thoughts. By recognizing which of your thoughts and beliefs about the world and yourself you can trust, your behavior will change to reflect these healthy ways of thinking.
- Communication and relationships – Many people who struggle with addiction find it difficult to express feelings or ask for help. Using drugs or alcohol offers a release for emotions or provides temporary relief in the absence of genuine support. DBT helps you become a confident, effective communicator, enabling you to ask for support while also creating healthy boundaries and meaningful human connections. These outcomes are significant to recovery.
- Emotional regulation – The ability to manage extreme emotional swings helps you avoid reliance on substances to do that for you. Understanding the impact of extreme lows and highs on behavior is the first step to finding equilibrium. Ultimately this might be the most important of the DBT skills.
Reach Out To Mile High Recovery Center To Learn More About Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Colorado
Our central location in Denver, CO, makes our programs easily accessible to outpatient clients. We also offer:
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Sober living housing
- 12-step program
Learn more about our dialectical behavior therapy treatments. One of our staff would gladly answer any questions you have and help you think about the next steps in your mental health. Call 855.796.2102 or fill out our online form today.