If you are considering alcohol and drug addiction treatment, you’ve probably read that most inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities offer both CBT and DBT as part of their therapeutic treatment plans. This is because these two types of therapy are the gold-standard of evidence-based addiction treatment.

If you’re looking for an addiction treatment center that offers both CBT and DBT addiction treatment, consider Stillwater Behavioral Health. Our fully comprehensive rehabilitation centers located in Southern California can support your transition to a sober lifestyle.

What Is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is used to modify problematic behaviors in an effort to unlearn negative and damaging coping skills. The main goal of CBT is to make clients aware of the likely problematic situations they may encounter and how to implement positive coping skills and self-management skills in those situations. 

Studies have proven that skills learned or developed in CBT therapy are often used with success after completion of a treatment program. Some have even shown that CBT in combination with medications for drug abuse have a greater likelihood for success. 

CBT involves motivational interventions, contingency management, relapse prevention, and other treatments that may include psychoeducation, cognitive reappraisal, skills training, and other behavioral strategies. 

What Is DBT?

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and is classically used to treat borderline personality disorder, but has been proved to support individuals with substance use disorders as well. 

DBT is a part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but has several different requirements. “Some of these elements include (a) serving the five functions of treatment, (b) the biosocial theory and focusing on emotions in treatment, (c) a consistent dialectical philosophy, and (d) mindfulness and acceptance-oriented interventions.”

This style of therapy consists of weekly individual therapy sessions and group skills training sessions. Studies have shown that DBT can reduce “suicide attempts, deliberate self-harm, inpatient days, suicidal ideation, impulsivity, anger, and global mental health problems.”

What Is the Difference Between DBT and CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy acts as an umbrella approach to addiction treatment. The main differences between DBT and CBT include dialectical philosophy and mindfulness. 

In dialectical philosophy, individuals recognize the personal truth that may not be logical. Dialectal philosophy is about finding an adaptive behavior within maladaptive behaviors. Through this process clients and therapists collaborate to discuss the possible challenges and changes. 

Additionally, DBT includes a focus on mindfulness that is not present in all CBT. DBT utilizes nonjudgmental mindfulness to create a sense of improved emotional regulation. By making mindfulness nonjudgmental, individuals can focus on the present and not on how they feel others might think of them. By focusing solely on their personal actions and feelings, individuals participating in DBT can analyze the situation and determine what that adaptive behavior is.

How Can Stillwater Behavioral Health Help You Get Sober Today?

Stillwater Behavioral Health focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit through holistic treatments in a luxury facility. Our high-quality treatments, environment, and care make this the best first step you can take on the path to recovery.

At Stillwater Behavioral Health, we take traditional evidence-based therapies like DBT and CBT and combine them with alternative motivational, mindfulness, and yoga therapies to encourage healing throughout our clients. 

Our compassionate staff support individuals struggling with alcohol, narcotics, and dual diagnosis use disorders. By creatively tailoring treatment plans to meet the specific individual needs of our clients, we can help our clients develop the skills and strategies they need to be successful in recovery.

Contact Stillwater Behavioral Health today to see how our luxury treatment experience can support your addiction needs. 

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