For those who struggle with addiction, mindfulness in recovery can be a challenge. It’s easy to focus on worries about the future or shame about the past, and staying present in the moment might be difficult. However, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is one tool we use at Clearhaven Recovery to help our participants practice mindfulness, improve communication skills, and prevent relapse.
What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Dialectical behavior therapy is designed to give participants the tools they need to manage difficult emotions and work through future challenges. DBT helps participants learn four skills that can help them maintain sobriety long-term and avoid relapse. These include:
- Mindfulness – Being present in the current moment can help those in recovery avoid worrying about the future or being concerned about the past
- Distress tolerance – Negative emotions are inevitable, and it’s possible to learn how to cope with them in a healthy way
- Emotion regulation – If intense feelings challenge your sobriety, you can learn how to react to them appropriately
- Interpersonal effectiveness – Communicating with others in a clear, helpful way can strengthen relationships
This therapeutic approach can be especially helpful for individuals who struggle with co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder in addition to substance abuse issues.
What to Expect in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Sessions
During DBT sessions, you’ll work closely with a therapist to develop new skills and work through your previous approaches to dealing with negative emotions.
Dialectical behavior therapy sessions might take place both one-on-one and in a group. During individual sessions, you can discuss personal issues and work through things like past trauma. You might discuss how you reacted to those experiences in the past and how those responses may have contributed to substance abuse issues. In group sessions, you’ll practice your newfound skills, share your experiences, and offer support.
Your therapist might assign mindfulness exercises or journaling as homework in between sessions, which serve to strengthen these new skills.
DBT can be an incredibly useful tool on the road to recovery. During therapy sessions, you’ll discover how your reactions in the past have inhibited your recovery and how it’s possible to change your patterns of thought in the future.
If you’re looking for a DBT program in Massachusetts, Clearhaven Recovery can help.
Reach Out to Clearhaven Recovery Today
Contact us to find out more about program specifics and to verify your insurance. If you’re ready to make a lasting change in your life, our team is ready to help you every step of the way. Through evidence-based therapies, holistic approaches to treatment, and weekly one-on-one visits with our master level clinician, you’ll have all of the support you need for sustainable recovery.
Our flexible treatment options include:
- Men’s rehab program – Men in recovery can find a supportive space where they can open up about their experiences
- Women’s rehab program – We offer a women-only treatment program that can help participants work through the unique challenges they face in recovery
- Partial hospitalization center (PHP) – This outpatient program is a step down from inpatient care and offers a high level of support
- Day intensive outpatient program (IOP) – This treatment option is ideal for those who have been through detox or a residential program
- Night intensive outpatient program (IOP) – We offer scheduling flexibility for those who have work or school during the day
Additionally, we partner with local detox centers for those who need to go through withdrawal in a safe, supportive environment.
Learn more about Clearhaven Recovery by reaching out to us today at 833.970.2054.