Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Redpoint [internal link, “homepage’] uses dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and other mental health conditions. Aside from teaching new coping skills, Redpoint helps clients develop the self-regulation and emotional self-awareness necessary to help with the onset of potentially harmful emotions and behaviors.

Redpoint has a team of dedicated clinical and support staff who can relate to and understand the challenging behaviors and cognitive processes. Single and dual-diagnosis clients can benefit from the patient-centered approach to treatment, which assures access to the therapeutic techniques that will help them achieve long-term recovery. As part of their rehabilitation process, clients in our DBT program learn how to better manage their emotions in general via experiential learning.

What Is DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a powerful method backed by science that allows individuals to control painful emotions and build healthy relationships. Together with the precursor cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), these evidence-based modalities are considered the gold standard in emotional management and growth. Dialectic, or “balancing opposites,” refers to the philosophy behind the system. It embraces the only two seemingly opposing health options in a difficult situation: acceptance and change. However, in practice, it is not baffling but rather highly effective. DBT is a therapy that was created to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has now been used to treat a variety of other conditions, including:

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  • Personality disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorder (SUD)

At Redpoint, our clinicians are highly trained and experienced in applying DBT. The foundation of DBT is learning four vital skills; each is a skill of one of the opposing sides: mindfulness and distress tolerance (acceptance skills) and interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation (change skills).

How Does DBT Work?

Treatment for mental health issues such as substance abuse, depression, and anxiety using DBT has been beneficial, earning the term “gold standard therapy” for the treatment and CBT. The ultimate goal of this comprehensive treatment approach is to support clients in their efforts to achieve a life that they feel is worthwhile. For DBT therapy to be a success, the client learns how to think outside the box, communicate their goals, pursue them, sustain them, and be better equipped to cope with the challenges of daily life. Broader therapeutic goals in DBT include: eliminating problematic behaviors, managing symptoms, and providing palliative care. Our qualified DBT therapists will work with a comprehensive curriculum to fit each client’s specific needs.

The Four DBT Modules

As part of our specialized therapy, we educate our clients on handling emotional and behavioral issues that may have occurred in the past, during, or after treatment. DBT focuses on the following four elements of psychological and emotional function:

  • Core mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Emotional regulation

DBT and Substance Use Disorder

DBT focuses on helping clients recover the self-awareness and coping mechanisms they need to manage the stressful circumstances of life. DBT was originally created to help people with mental health conditions, but it has now evolved into a successful treatment for SUD as well. Clients in recovery from addiction have had great success learning and applying these basic abilities in their lives.

Common DBT strategies for treating addiction include:

  • Helping clients seek out healthy environments and peer groups
  • Encouraging clients to remove triggers that promote drug or alcohol use
  • Increasing self-esteem to help clients manage stressful situations
  • Improving patient motivation to change
  • Enhancing emotional skills
  • Creating new behaviors and good habits

The Core of DBT

“Dialectic” is a concept that refers to the combination of two opposites. DBT is based on the idea that it is possible to achieve both transformation and acceptance simultaneously. Group skills training, personal coaching, individual therapy, and consultation team interaction are all part of Redpoint’s DBT program. Our team helps clients better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by using a combination of these approaches.

Clients are given the opportunity to learn new skills that they can apply in everyday life, including:

  • Acceptance and change: Clients will learn strategies to accept and tolerate life circumstances, emotions, and themselves. They will develop the skills to help them make positive changes in their behaviors and interactions with others.
  • Behavioral: Clients will learn to analyze problems or destructive behavior patterns and replace them with more effective healthy ones.
  • Cognitive: Clients will focus on changing thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and actions that are not effective or helpful.
  • Collaborative: Clients will learn to communicate effectively and work together as a team.
  • Skill sets: Clients will learn to enhance their capabilities.
  • Supportive: Clients will be encouraged to recognize their positive strengths and attributes and develop and use them.

How DBT at Redpoint Helps

Clients in Redpoint’s DBT program are given a feeling of empowerment. It’s a great technique to monitor intense feelings in a controlled environment. Our clients practice the skills they learned in a positive and constructive setting and learn how to cope with unpleasant emotions in their new lives of recovery. Clients also learn DBT techniques that help them identify and develop key life skills and provide the framework for long-term rehabilitation.

We work with all our clients in individual therapy sessions to help them practice DBT skills while also helping them analyze their experiences both in and outside of treatment. A client’s progress is constantly monitored by qualified specialists who help them apply what they have learned in a challenging and motivating manner. It truly is one of the effective and evidence-based methods of personal growth.

Redpoint is proud to offer evidence-based treatment modalities such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). For more information on DBT or our program, call us now at (303) 710-8496.

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