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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT is another form of therapy offered here at Discovery Recovery. This method was developed in the 1980s by psychologist Marsha Linehan. DBT, unlike Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), is primarily used for clients who have self-injuring tendencies and suicidal behavior. This type of treatment involves four major parts; group skills dynamics, one-on-one psychotherapy, phone support/coaching, and ongoing support from therapists.

DBT is an offshoot of CBT but DBT Dialectal Behavior Therapy focuses on encouraging clients to accept stress caused by negative feelings, behaviors, and thoughts instead of rejecting them. DBT aims to provide a balance between rejection and acceptance so the client can overcome their condition.

Since the majority of people who have self-hurting tendencies, suicidal behavior, or intense emotional outbursts are prone to substance abuse, the technique has been adapted to help clients with histories of substance abuse.

When a client decides to undergo DBT at Discovery Recovery, we take them through four steps which include gaining control of reckless behavior, producing achievable life goals to gain a balance of happiness and unhappiness, and helping them regain a connection with the outside world.

While undergoing DBT, all clients are monitored for improvements. Toward the end of therapy, recommendations will be given to help the client further. In some cases, further therapy and one-on-one sessions may be required but mostly for updates and to check whether the client is on track to sobriety.


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