What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment method designed specifically for individuals with self-harm behaviors, such as self-cutting, suicide thoughts, urges to suicide and suicide attempts. Many clients with this behavior meet criteria for a disorder called borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is not unusual for individuals diagnosed with BPD to also struggle with other problems — depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, eating disorders or substance abuse problems (referred to as a dual diagnosis disorder). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modification of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).

Ranch Creek Recovery’s holistic, non-12 step approach to substance abuse treatment allows us to employ several effective methods for treating addiction that are outside of the typical therapy methods used in traditional rehab centers. One example of this is Dialectical Behavior Therapy, also known as DBT.


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– Julie

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Our drug and alcohol rehab program accepts several national insurance plans and are in-network with most carriers including HealthNet, MHN, Anthem BlueCross, Aetna, Cigna as well as others. To verify if your insurance is accepted and check your out-of-pocket costs call Ranch Creek Recovery at (877) 997-8931.

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How DBT Aids in Substance Abuse Treatment

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness in general, work to help people stay in the moment because leaving your present can have unforeseen consequences on your ability to make wise choices and operate effectively. The intersection of this perspective along with the connectedness we feel with ourselves and others can help make DBT an integral part of a residential treatment program.

How We Use DBT in our Addiction Recovery Programs

The most important of the overall goals in using DBT for addiction treatment is helping clients create “Lives worth Living”. For some individuals, a life worth living is getting married and having kids. For others, it’s finishing school and finding a life partner. Others might find it’s finding a spiritual group. While all these goals will differ, all individuals have in common the task of bringing problem behaviors, especially behaviors that could result in death, under control. For this reason, DBT organizes treatment into four stages with targets. Targets refer to the problems being addressed at any given time in therapy. Here are the four stages with targeted behaviors in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Help is Available at Ranch Creek Recovery

Call Ranch Creek Recovery to learn more about how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help enhance your addiction recovery process. Ranch Creek Recovery takes a holistic approach to treating drug and alcohol addiction through our detox, residential (or inpatient) rehab, and outpatient treatment programs. The treatment is located in a private estate, offering small and intimate treatment settings. Most private insurance is accepted and the Admissions team will provide a free insurance check and confidential telephone assessment to determine what the best recommendations are for your unique needs. Contact us to verify your insurance and start the recovery process today.