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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy at Avery Lane

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an extension of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorders, it has been shown to be effective in addressing several other disorders, including addiction to drugs and alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Its primary focus is the development of the skills necessary to maintain functionality and sobriety.

At Avery Lane, DBT starts by recognizing that people often come to addiction and substance misuse from backgrounds where they did not receive the love and acceptance necessary for them to learn to love and accept themselves. In fact, this is particularly true for women. Most women dealing with addiction report significant traumatic events in their past, often in the form of abusive relationships. The nonjudgmental acceptance promoted by DBT gives them the love and support needed to develop the skills necessary for long-term recovery.

The Essence of DBT in Addiction Recovery

DBT focuses on the concept of dialectics, which involves finding a balance between acceptance and change. This approach helps individuals in recovery to accept themselves and their current situation while simultaneously working towards changing negative behaviors. DBT is particularly beneficial for addressing the intensity of emotions and behaviors often associated with addiction.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills in Recovery

DBT is provided through a mixture of individual and group therapy sessions. Four primary groups of skills are taught that help people address their addiction:

  • Mindfulness: Learning to be mindful involves a focus on the present moment. Women dealing with addiction are often burdened by guilt from the past and anxiety about the future. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy teaches women how to set aside concerns beyond their control. This allows them to focus on the present moment, and in doing so, they learn to step back and analyze their feelings in a nonjudgmental manner.
  • DBT Distress Tolerance: Learning to tolerate distress helps women cope with uncomfortable emotions. Many women have become addicted because they use drugs and alcohol to squelch emotional pain. Distress tolerance training helps them learn to deal with distress without resorting to substances. They discover how to accept uncomfortable situations and feelings in a nonjudgmental way instead of immediately trying to escape them. This is often accomplished by learning to find meaning in the present moment.
  • Emotional Self-regulation: DBT helps women at Avery Lane develop the skills to regulate their emotions. It is the dialectical counterpart to distress tolerance. While distress tolerance helps women with addiction cope with their feelings, self-regulation allows them to acknowledge, label, and change those emotions. By deconstructing emotional pathways, women at Avery Lane learn to recognize the root cause of each individual emotion, which in turn helps them change their emotional state in the present and prevent destructive emotional responses in the future.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: A final set of skills developed in DBT relates to interpersonal relationships. Women in treatment at Avery Lane learn how to set boundaries, how to say “no,” and how to ask for what they need from their family and friends.

Incorporating DBT into Your Recovery Path

At Avery Lane, we believe in the transformative power of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as part of a multifaceted approach to addiction treatment. By embracing DBT, our clients develop essential skills for maintaining sobriety, building a life worth living, and achieving overall emotional wellness.

Join Us On a Path of Balanced Healing with DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective approach that offers numerous benefits for addiction recovery. DBT helps individuals develop essential skills in emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. This therapy equips individuals with valuable tools to manage intense emotions, improve relationships, and cope with challenging situations without turning to substances. Call us today at (800) 270-2406 to learn how DBT can be a powerful ally in achieving lasting sobriety and emotional well-being.

Employing Proven Evidence-Based Therapies

At Avery Lane, the Evidenced-Based Modalities we use include but aren’t limited to:

Beyond Trauma

Providing tools and strategies for emotional well-being and recovery.


A therapeutic technique targeting trauma and emotions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Goal-oriented therapeutic approach to change thought patterns.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive and behavioral therapy to regulate emotions.

Intensive Group Psychotherapy

Sharing experiences in a supportive community.

Intensive Individual Psychotherapy

One-on-one sessions to develop coping strategies.

Medical Education

Empowering knowledge about physical and psychological health.

Seeking Safety

Coping with trauma, addiction, and co-occurring mental health.

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