Dialectical Behavior Therapy Northwind Wellness
Based on scientific principles, evidence-based therapies play an essential role in helping someone get rid of addiction. One necessary evidence-based handling is cognitive-behavior therapy, which is the origin of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
All the addiction therapies share the same goal: to incorporate self-awareness and mindfulness into the individuals suffering from addiction and offer them techniques for stress management and emotional regulation. The practice of cognitive-behavior therapy and Dialectical Behavior Rehabilitation is common across almost all rehabilitation centers.
What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy
The therapists use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to handle various matters, such as depression, habit, PTSD, and many nature illnesses. The most important thing about Dialectical Behavior Therapy is that it equips you with some skills of tolerance for tolerating negative emotions and distress.
It educates you on “how to be in the moment” and “what to do for regulating emotions.” One more important thing about Dialectical Behavior Therapy is that it polishes your communication skills.
At Northwind Wellness, we focus on equipping you with the skill of stabilization, which you can use when situations are stressful and uncomfortable. It helps you get neutralized and think in the most productive way possible to maintain inner peace.
As per Dialectical Conduct Therapy principles, our feelings, thoughts, and performances are somehow linked together. When the thought processes and emotions are being regulated, it’s far easier to control your behaviors/actions. In other words, when we take control of our thoughts and feelings, we are very much nearer to say goodbye to our behavior of drug abuse.
Components Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is provided by cognitive behavioral therapy, but there are specific critical differences between them. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, what we focus the most upon is how. Your considerations and spirits operate your conduct work to construct better and beneficial ideas and activities.
Conversely, what we focus upon the most in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is your relationship with other people, your interaction with other people, and the thoughts that affect yours with others. So if you have relationships that are being destroyed by your addiction, you learn skills of rebuilding those corroded relationships.
The individual aspect is one of the two components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. What you have to do in this module is to meet a psychotherapist, a psychoanalyst, most likely, and talk to him about all your interpersonal issues of the past week. You have to join a group setting where you learn so many new things and practice the skills you have already learned, especially the communication skills you have learned in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Practicing the skills with group mates is cementing them into your mind.
The second component is the group aspect. You are put into a group setting where you can experience new learnings from the people around you and apply the learned communication skills.
Role Of DBT In Substance Abuse:
Here at Northwind Wellness, we are well aware of your purpose in visiting us. Knowing that your goal is to get rid of the addiction, we use therapies that help addiction treatment. Every person’s treatment process is different, so we can’t just blindly throw a guess about whether Dialectical Behavior Therapy is of use or not. It may be of great help to you, but another person may not find it helpful in getting rid of addiction.
However, something familiar for all is that it helps you accept yourself as the starting of almost every therapy. The relationships that make you feel alienated; can be won again through the skills you are equipped with. It shows you different ways and methods to continue fighting your stressful situation without turning back to substance abuse.
Critical Aspects Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
There are four main aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, often known as the four modules or skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Two of these revolves around the concept of acceptance, and two relates to the idea of behavioral change:
- Mindfulness: Getting all from the present moment is usually the first way a therapist uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy to promote acceptance. Mindfulness techniques involve observing your thoughts, emotions, and actions without being judgmental towards them.
Conflicts from the past and fears and uncertainties of the future are the agents that push you towards drug addiction. Now, someone who is mindful of the present moment does not live in the conflicts from a pastor in the fears of the future, and hence he’ll be in a safer zone, away from substance abuse.
- Distress Tolerance: Bringing an abrupt and sudden behavior change is almost impossible, especially when the subject is going through a crisis. The second acceptance skill developed in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is distress tolerance. It helps you cope with negative and painful emotions/feelings and challenging situations of distress, accepting them for the sake of acceptance and letting go of what we think they ‘must’ be. Most of the time, drug abuse comes in due to a try to escape from adverse and stressful life events. But slowly, we learn that indulging in drug abuse has never been the right path to escape.
- Emotional Regulation: Emotional regulation helps us deal with intense emotional experience, developing strategies to regulate emotions. In the beginning, this involves learning how to identify and take feelings for what they are, e.g., anger, disgust, anxiety, surprise. After some time, the therapist will help you learn techniques to:
- Reduce your susceptibility to intense emotions and make you stronger emotionally.
- Experience more positive emotions as compared to the negative ones.
- Cope in a better way when intense emotions do arise.
In the case of an addict, any emotional event won’t trigger the person to relapse, as he has some coping techniques from Dialectical Behavior therapy.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: The final step in Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to improve the way you communicate in your relationships with other people. This can help you be more positive, communicate your needs to other straightforward inner, and set boundaries to keep your mental health safe and sound. For example, an addict will regain his/her lost relationships, and if he/she is trying to make a good relationship, he/she must keep in mind to avoid bad company.
Benefits Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
- Improves Your Relationships: When you treat mental health challenges, you must have a good support network. Many types of therapies do not take this into account, expecting you to go through your journey alone. But Dialectical Behavioral Therapy understands the importance of your social relationships in overcoming challenges, and that is why it is focused upon your relationships with others. Creating healthy relationships with others — with some well-established respectful boundaries and trust — can improve your psychological and emotional health and wellbeing in so many ways.
- The Skills Go Beyond Mental Problems: Although the purpose of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is to improve the symptoms of people living with mental illnesses and suffering from drug addiction, it does offer more. In many other life situations, the therapist’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills can apply the therapists’ skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy to many other life concerns. For example, research has shown that mindfulness is related to many other health and well-being aspects, not just the mental and emotional factors. Once you learn this skill, it can help you in many parts of life, including home, play, or whatever situation you face.
- Improves Quality of Life: One of the main focus areas of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is enhancing your life quality. The fact is, we can’t always change what happens to us, which means our external environment can’t be in our complete control. For some, mental health will be a part of life till death— and to accept this fact is the key to moving forward.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-DBT aims to improve the standard of life by helping people make some gentle changes in life to move in the right direction, away from addictions and other harmful things, and simultaneously give them a sense’s usual to find things difficult in life.
For those who experience intense and disturbing emotions, it can impact their quality of life quite seriously. Here, the discomfort tolerance and emotion regulation modules are of some real help as they won’t let them indulge in any lousy activity as addiction.
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services:
Dialectical Therapy is just a part of the series of therapies we use to help you recover. We use many other evidence-based and holistic therapies at Northwind Wellness.
Addiction handling programs and craving therapy amenities comprise:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Holistic Therapy Program
- Adventure Therapy Program
- Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program