Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy, also known as DBT, is geared towards helping clients manage uncomfortable emotions and high stress levels effectively, allowing them to focus on the development of healthy interpersonal skills and the achievement of personal goals. DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is very beneficial for men and women who struggle with underlying mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and borderline personality disorder. One of the main goals of DBT is to facilitate self-acceptance, allowing the client to understand that he or she is not alone and that uncomfortable feelings can be successfully managed, ultimately reducing his or her desire to utilize drugs and alcohol as unhealthy coping mechanisms.
DBT typically involves a number of mindfulness exercises, which help clients stay present in the current moment by paying careful attention to their breathing patterns, their current environment and any emotions that might arise. These exercises are immensely beneficial in teaching clients to meet themselves exactly where they are without any self-judgement while gaining emotional balance and effectively managing self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.
Motivational interviewing, or MI, is a therapeutic method that is geared towards teaching clients that they already have all of the tools they need to successfully overcome substance abuse – it is just a matter of utilizing these tools whenever necessary. At Pine Tree Recovery Center, one of the main goals of our MI sessions is to ignite the client’s inherent desire to overcome addiction long-term while making positive changes to his or her own life. After all, if the client was not passionate about changing his or her way of life, professional treatment would not have been sought in the first place. We help clients understand how the actual benefits of recovery always outweigh the perceived benefits of substance use.
Clients work to build self-efficacy in MI sessions, eventually understanding that if they want to change some aspect of their lives it is up to them to do it. More often than not, clients enter addiction treatment feeling as if the world has wronged them; placing blame on everything and everyone and being unwilling to take an honest and searching look at self. In MI sessions, the individual therapist and the client work together to come up with viable personal goals.