Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost half of those suffering from addiction still have a related mental health condition. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy used to treat mental health problems. 


It can help people deal with stress, maintain healthy relationships, and gain better emotional control. Successful addiction recovery therapies ensure that a person’s life is not hampered by substance abuse, opioid addiction, or mental illness. Individuals who participate in a dialectical behavior therapy program have a happier and improved life. The Retreat of Atlanta has services to help you treat your mental health condition and addiction.


Program for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program​

DBT is a cognitive-behavioral therapy. It focuses on understanding and modifying negative thought patterns when attempting to alter negative behavioral patterns. Suicidal and other self-destructive activities such as drug and alcohol addiction are treated using dialectical behavior therapy.



In this type of therapy, the patient and therapist work together to resolve the apparent contradiction between self-acceptance and improvement, resulting in substantive changes in the patient. Depending on the type of illness, whether alcohol or mental health-related, different types of therapy are used.



DBT integrates dialectics, a philosophical method. The mechanism is based on the idea that progress happens when conflicting powers communicate with one another. This refers to the environment created between the patient and the therapist. These treatment plans contain different medical methodologies which include detox, intensive outpatient program, aftercare program, individual therapy, group therapy etc.

A good dialectical behavior therapy program in Georgia includes a variety of parties. This include a multidisciplinary team of licensed practitioners, mental health technicians, and nursing staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Retreat of Atlanta workers are comprised of experts in each of these fields.

Why Should You Consider Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

People sometimes neglect the fact that they need counseling. It is important not to wait until symptoms worsen before seeking treatment. Many people do not realize they need counseling until it is too late. The stigma associated with mental health care, a sense of guilt when addressing your experience, or a fear of non-confidentiality are the key reasons why people stop seeking support. DBT is suitable for treating the following people who:


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For the benefit of our patients, our residential drug care program provides high-quality CBT services. Our treatment plans contain the following components:


DBT 6 Levels​

In DBT, validation is an important skill to learn. There are six levels of validation techniques that help you learn to validate yourself and others through DBT:


  1. Mindful Listening: Listening to yourself, your thoughts, and others and paying close attention. Putting your empathy into it while you pay attention. Asking questions, nodding, keeping eye contact, and showing signs that you are interested when a person is sharing their thoughts. 
  3. Acknowledging Accurately: Letting the person speak without interruption then tell them the summary of what you have understood and ask if it is correct. This step is observing the statements without being judgmental. 
  5. Empathetic Reading of Feelings: While opening up, a person may tend to hide their significant emotions. Try to read those emotions and feelings without making assumptions. 
  7. Validation Based on Feelings: Validating a person based on their past experience and negative association with an action. For example, “Since you once nearly drowned, you are scared to go to the beach.” 
  9. Validation Based on Reason: Saying that the person’s feelings, behavior is reasonable and a normal reaction. For example, “It makes sense that you are afraid to afraid to go to a public gathering because of your social anxiety.”

See the Person as Equal: Do not think that the person sharing these feelings are weak but understand they have their strength and limitations just as you do. Do not lose hope in them and believe in them while helping them believe in themselves.

Frequently Asked Question

What is DBT in mental health?


DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment process based on CBT. It is a talking therapy where you will be verbally communicating with a professional. The word ‘Dialectical’ refers to two different and opposite things that can both be true. Therefore, while accepting yourself for who you are, you can also try to change your personality for the better.  


What is DBT therapy good for?


Many conditions can be effectively treated with DBT. Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, addiction or substance abuse, self-harm, binge eating, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, abuse survivors, and many other mental conditions are often handled with DBT. 


How long does DBT last?


There is no constant amount of time for DBT treatment. It solely depends on what kind of issue is DBT aiming to solve. Since, a range of mental disorders like PTSD, addiction, depression, etc., are treated with DBT, it is hard to say the exact amount of time a specific treatment can take. Nonetheless, the average time period for DBT treatments is around six months. 


Is DBT good for depression and Trauma?


Even though DBT was first introduced as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, it was found to be effective for depression and trauma and many psychiatrists and patients have found out. Its validation and dialectical form of treatment are psychologically and philosophically very accurate. 


Is DBT evidence-based?


There is a lot of evidence supporting DBT’s effectiveness in treating mental conditions. In 1991, DBT’s first trial was wildly successful. DBT has been done countless times in research settings, community settings, clinical settings, etc., and the pieces of evidence are overwhelmingly in favor of DBT.

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Do not allow yourself or someone else to suffer in isolation from mental illness. Let us help you back to a place of peace and restore your life if you are suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or some other type of mental disorder. Call The Retreat of Atlanta at 762-366-0100 to enroll in a dialectical behavior therapy program right away.

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