Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy – also known as DBT – is often used in conjunction with CBT. DBT is another form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps clients learn to effectively work through uncomfortable feelings and emotions while managing stress and gaining a deep level of personal insight. DBT is especially beneficial for individuals who are simultaneously struggling with a dal diagnosis disorder like depression, anxiety or borderline personality disorder. The main goal of DBT is to help clients gain healthy interpersonal skills while better understanding themselves and why they operate the way they do, while improving self-acceptance and feelings of self-worth. Of course, in an addiction treatment setting, DBT is also geared towards helping clients effectively work through drug and alcohol cravings and avoid relapse in order to maintain long-term sobriety.
Mindfulness exercises make up the foundation of DBT, and they are geared towards helping clients stay present in the current moment. At CuraWest we teach our clients a wide range of mindfulness exercises, instructing them on how to stay founded by paying attention to their breath, their current environment and the emotions they are experiencing as they arise. These exercises are extremely beneficial in teaching clients to meet themselves where they are without judgement, gain emotional and mental balance and strength and manage self-destructive behaviors.
Motivational Interviewing, or MI, is a therapeutic methodology geared towards helping clients make positive decisions for themselves that will impact their own lives in healthy and productive ways. At CuraWest we believe that it is extremely important that clients completely change the way they think – that when they graduate from our addiction treatment program, they want to stay sober and thoroughly understand the benefits of doing so. Motivational Interviewing ignites an inherent desire to take control and make positive changes. We teach clients that they already have all of the tools they need to stay sober long-term – it is simply a matter of knowing how to effectively use them.
At CuraWest we utilize MI to teach clients that it is essentially up to them to stay sober and achieve all of their personal goals. In active addiction, many individuals fall back on blame – they blame others for their substance abuse disorders, for their current circumstances and for all of the issues they face in life. We teach clients that things simply happen, and that it is up to them to effectively handle every situation as it arises (with support as needed, of course).