DBT and the Treatment of Drug Addiction
Granite Recovery Centers’ program for successfully treating substance use disorders centers upon the A.A.’s 12-Step curriculum integrated with evidence-based clinical modalities that may include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Grief and Loss Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Identify the Compulsion, Modify the Response
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based addiction therapy program which was originally created in the 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan to treat clients suffering with borderline personality disorder and/or suicidal ideation and tendencies. Psycho-social professionals soon realized that clients suffering with drug and alcohol use presented with the same compulsive behaviors, marked by irregular and dramatic responses to their environment, that were difficult to change.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is a skill-building psychotherapy that focuses on the development of mindfulness and the regulation of stress response, as it impacts behavior. Clients recommended for DBT have an exaggerated response to stress, which results in negative and oftentimes, self-destructive patterns of behavior. Clients with substance use disorders respond to stress with a compulsion to use. In DBT group and individual sessions, licensed clinicians teach cognitive and behavioral coping mechanisms that clients can adopt to re-think their stress response and manage the compulsory thoughts that fuel their substance use.