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dialectical behavior therapyMental health treatment and support are increasingly important for addiction recovery. In fact, doctors and therapists no longer believe that addiction exists on its own. Today, 50% of people seeking addiction treatment also need support for co-occurring disorders. Also called dual diagnosis, this treatment method diagnoses and treats mental health disorders that co-occur with addiction. Whether you or someone in your life is living with a co-occurring disorder, addiction therapy programs like dialectical behavioral therapy, known as DBT, can help. 

If you or someone in your life needs help for addiction treatment or co-occurring disorders, Athens Recovery can help. Moreover, our family-run outpatient programs help students, professionals, and families. Reach our staff today at 844.959.4998 to learn how DBT can support you.

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Addiction?

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a type of behavioral talk therapy. Behavioral therapy helps clients shift their mental health and behavior. During this process, clients meet with DBT therapists for 60 to 90 minutes per session. The therapist listens as clients voice their concerns and discuss daily habits. DBT focuses on helping clients understand, manage, and shift emotions. As a result, this can reduce stress, eliminate addiction triggers, and help clients feel more grounded in their lives. 

During talk therapy sessions, the therapist will provide the client with exercises, tools, and homework. In addition, our clients practice homework tools in group and family therapy sessions and at home.  

By providing new perspectives and consistent support through active listening, DBT therapists help clients understand and reframe addiction. They can also support co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. 

Benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

The team at Athens Recovery is committed to helping clients reduce stress in their daily lives. Outpatient programs provide flexibility, which means many of our clients juggle therapy, school, work, and home obligations. Fortunately, DBT can ease stress in all areas of a client’s life. With a focus on mindfulness and present moment awareness, clients build stronger boundaries and learn how to voice their needs. 

As a natural tool to help decrease stress, diffuse emotions, and cope with addiction triggers, DBT also:

  • Helps clients understand and recognize toxic relationships
  • Increases attention to living in the moment
  • Reduces anxiety and anger
  • Increases effective communication
  • Helps clients develop a powerful ability to say “no”

Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based therapy. In other words, the tools and techniques of DBT come from successful scientific research. Studies show that over time, clients incorporate DBT tools into their daily lives and enjoy the rewards. DBT can help people stop feeling like life is “happening to them” and become empowered participants in life. 

At Athens Recovery, our DBT programs are tailored to clients’ needs. Our DBT programs include:

  • Lifelong addiction recovery support
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Trauma-informed therapists
  • Reuse prevention
  • Alternative therapy programs
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

Athens Recovery believes in holistic care. That’s why we pair DBT with alternative therapies. Studies show alternative therapies can help clients practice tools from DBT sessions, reduce stress, and find new ways to engage with the world around them. Moreover, our LGBTQ-friendly center provides yoga, art therapy, meditation, and a range of experiential therapies to help clients across Athens. 

Try Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Athens Recovery

If you think you or someone you love would benefit from DBT, call Athens Recovery today. Our family-run outpatient center focuses on helping clients navigate their busy lives. With a focus on lifelong support and non-judgment treatment, Athens Recovery is here to help.

Close to the university campus, Athens Recovery helps families, students, and professionals from all walks of life. Our trauma-informed outpatient programs provide a range of PHP and IOP treatment plans to fit your schedule. Call us today at 844.959.4998 to learn more about dialectical behavior therapy in Athens, GA.