What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Strong mental health is the marker and stronghold in sustainable addiction recovery. A popular evidence-based treatment known for its remarkable success in addiction recovery is Dialectal Behavior Therapy.

It is well documented that utilizing this therapy in coordination with other Addiction therapies is effective in healing our clients. The focus on incorporating elements of self-awareness and mindfulness, as well as stress management and emotional regulation are the core of the mental health treatment aspect of recovery addiction.


Many California Rehabilitation facilities have incorporated practices of cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy into their services for their outstanding success rate in sustained recovery after treatment. 

The California Behavioral Treatment centers are designed to help people with addiction overcome withdrawal, cravings, and pave the road to recovery. 

Dialectical behavior therapy differs from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy the primary focus of this treatment is centered around mindfulness skills. The practices incorporate techniques from ABA which is known as the applied behavior analysis branch of psychology.

ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is the practice of applying the psychological principles of learning theory in a systematic way to modify behavior.

Our clinicians at the treatment center developed the practice around mindfulness. The mindfulness skills the clinicians and therapists utilize during treatment help you slow down, center, and focus on the present moment.

A lot of this practice helps people tap into what is really happening in the present moment and helps the person in distress focus on reality. This practice is very useful in addiction recovery as it elevates a person’s sense of self-awareness. The person directs their self-awareness to things like thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses. It also encourages the person to utilize their awareness to tune into things with their five senses in an observational manner rather than immersed manner with sight, touch, smell, etc.


Fortunately, at Renaissance, we provide stellar treatment in the state of California. For Southern California locals, we have a beautiful treatment center in the coastal city of Huntington Beach.

Our OC branch provides exceptional behavioral health practices like Dialectal-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Our evidence-based treatment modalities are praised everywhere and known for their superior effectiveness amongst the alumni of Renaissance Recovery. We are not your typical addiction recovery health care team. We give customized, fully personalized treatment plans in Orange County, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.


A sample exercise in Dialectal-Behavioral Therapy

An exercise one of our clinicians might suggest is a breathing technique. This breathing technique starts with present awareness of your surroundings and self. You first notice how breath travels in and out of your body, noting the way your body feels with each breath as the chest rises and falls.

You might take note of things like how your skin feels or the temperature of the room as you do the breathwork. The point of this exercise to increase one’s awareness in the present moment.







How Dialectal-Behavioral Therapy Benefits Clients

Dialectal Behavior Therapy treatment is an evidence-based option that medical specialists use to treat a myriad of issues, including addiction, depression, PTSD, and other personality disorders.

The skills you learn in dialectical behavior therapy help you to tolerate distress and negative emotions. You can also improve your ability to regulate your emotions and be mindful of the moment. These fundamental building blocks of skills are what help clients evolve into successful recovery alumni.

Distress Tolerance skills are taught in these programs in addition to the behavioral treatment to cope with intense emotions that come with withdrawal, cravings, and throughout recovery. Some ways that distress tolerance is taught in the program are by utilizing the practice of distraction, finding positives at the moment, self-soothing through healthy outlets, and thinking of pros and cons to reduce distress.

therapyAdditionally, through the dialectical behavior therapy program in Orange County, CA, you ultimately learn how to stabilize yourself when things get uncomfortable or stressful. You’re able to ground yourself and maintain your inner peace. 

According to the principles of dialectical behavior therapy, our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are all interconnected. Therefore, once you learn how to stabilize your emotional and thought processes, you will regulate your actions and turn away substances, alcohol, and other addictive things.



Components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

There are a few critical differences between cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, your focus is on how your thoughts and feelings manipulate your behavior. You also work on how to build healthier thoughts and actions. Conversely, in dialectical behavior therapy, you focus on how you interact with people and how your actions affect your relationships. Then, you can work on rebuilding relationships that may have cracked or eroded due to substance abuse. 

There are two components of dialectical behavior therapy. The first is individual. In this component, you work with a therapist and talk about the past week’s relational problems.


You work on the skills you need to regulate your emotions. You also work on talking out how to tolerate distress, and you talk through coping mechanisms that may help you through the everyday stress you may face. The second component is the group aspect. During this phase, you work with a group to learn from the experiences of the people around you and practice the social skills you’ve practiced in individual therapy. 


How Does DBT Help with Substance Abuse?

We know your main reason for attending therapy is to overcome your addiction. However, recovery looks different for each person, so DBT may not help you in the same way it helps the person next to you. However, it can help you accept yourself. You can overcome the relationship struggles that have made you feel like a failure. It also focuses on teaching you how to deal with stress and relationship problems without turning back to drugs or alcohol. 

Is DBT the treatment solution for you?

California Behavioral Health practices including Dialectal Behavioral Therapy are typically prescribed as a course of treatment to aid with the following issues:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders (such as but not limited to anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Major Depression/Depressive Disorder
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Substance use disorder


Comprehensive Addiction Treatment 

Dialectical behavior therapy is only part of what we use to treat addiction. We will use a variety of evidence-based and holistic addiction therapy and addiction treatment programs to help you overcome your drug addiction. Addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services in Southern California include: 


Contact Renaissance Recovery Now

Don’t wait to start living your healthiest life. Our team of compassionate clinicians and well-established medical professionals are here with open arms ready to help.

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With behavioral health services like no other, while finding the right mental health treatment in California can be difficult, we are ready to help you kickstart the process.

Our treatment center is located in the coastal city of Huntington Beach, California. Call Contact Renaissance Recovery at 866.330.9449 for a free consultation about how you can get help from one of the most clinically proven, well-established dialectical behavior therapy treatment centers in Southern California.

We know CBT, DBT treatment programs with good staff are hard to find in coronavirus times. Our friendly and caring representatives are here to help mitigate any concerns or questions you have about the success of our treatments.