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Evidence-Based Addiction Therapies & Approaches

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Nashville Treatment Solutions is dedicated to helping you live a fulfilling, mentally helpful life. There is a life beyond addiction; we are here to help you find it, embrace it, and build upon it. We provide a variety of programs and therapies, all tailor-made for your unique needs.

DBT in Nashville
DBT in Nashville

Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment that was initially developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. It has been proven effective in treating many mental health disorders, including substance abuse. Many of the addiction therapy programs in Tennessee at Nashville Treatment Solutions utilize DBT to help clients find relief.

DBT works on the premise that some people are more vulnerable to emotionally-intense situations and reactions. These individuals may have trouble regulating their emotions, which can lead to self-destructive behaviors as a way of coping. The treatment focuses on helping these individuals learn new skills to cope with difficult emotions and situations.

One of the key components of DBT is dialectical thinking, which involves learning to see both sides of a situation. This practice can help reframe situations and discover new perspectives. It also helps individuals learn to better understand and accept themselves.


DBT Works with Other Therapies

Therapists often use DBT with other evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). These therapies work well together because they both focus on helping individuals make positive life changes.

At Nashville Treatment Solutions, any of our addiction treatment programs may utilize dialectical behavior therapy in conjunction with other therapies to form a holistic treatment plan.

Our Unique Therapy Programs

Adventure-Based Therapy

People who struggle with addiction often miss the rush after they get sober. That’s why our adventure-based therapy can be so effective. It produces a natural rush that can lead people to rediscover their purpose, boost self-esteem, and decrease anxiety without relying on alcohol or drugs.

Health & Wellness Therapies

Our whole-person approach puts a high value on both physical and emotional health. This holistic focus is key to a lifelong change. Regular exercise trains the body to heal and maintain properly, while self-care routines are integral to connecting the body and mind during healing.

Family Recovery Programming

Addiction can tear families apart and impact them in ways that many may not be able to see on the surface. We offer group therapy sessions to families who need extra support while they work to repair broken relationships and heal emotional wounds.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy. The therapy can help patients develop skills to manage emotions better, cope with stress, and improve relationships. It’s an effective treatment for struggling people with severe mental health symptoms and addiction.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy many counselors use in addiction treatment. This technique reteaches the mind how to process recurring thoughts and reframe them in a way that makes them more understandable.

Trauma Intervention & EMDR Therapy

Our trauma-informed therapy focus helps people who have experienced trauma process their emotions more healthily. Clients can begin recovery while managing stressful triggers with several treatments, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Medication-Assisted Therapy

Some struggles with addiction can be incredibly complex to manage. Our medical professionals can prescribe healthy, helpful medication treatments like Suboxone and Vivitrol to increase the chances of a successful recovery.

Community-Focused Recovery

Rebuilding relationships and establishing new connections can build an essential support system for people in recovery. Our therapies work to help each of our clients develop and strengthen bonds with those who will support them in their sober life.

Support Group Introductions

Support groups, including those based on a 12-step approach like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), are integral to recovery. Many of our staff are in recovery and regularly attend meetings, so our approach helps introduce our clients to the benefits of organized support groups.


How Does DBT Treat Addiction?

DBT helps people learn to manage their emotions. It can work to treat a variety of mental health disorders, including addiction. The therapy works by teaching people new skills to cope with stress and improve relationships. The therapy focuses on teaching four main areas:

  • Mindfulness – Learning to be present at the moment and accepting thoughts and emotions without judgment
  • Distress tolerance – Learning to cope with difficult emotions and situations without resorting to alcohol or drugs
  • Emotion regulation – Learning to manage emotions in a healthy way
  • Interpersonal effectiveness – Learning to communicate effectively and set boundaries in relationships

These four pillars of DBT help with addiction treatment because they provide tools to deal with cravings, manage emotions, and cope with stress. The skills learned in DBT can be used in everyday life to prevent relapse and build a foundation for long-term recovery.


Most Major Health Insurance Will Help Cover the Cost of Treatment.

Most major health plans with out-of-network benefits will help cover the cost of treatment at Nashville Treatment Solutions. Click the button below to begin your free benefits check and consultation to verify your health insurance coverage. 

If we can’t work with your insurance, our dedicated team of treatment coordinators will find the best options that meet your needs.

We currently are unable to accept Medicare or Medicaid plans, including TennCare.


Start a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program in Nashville

Starting an addiction therapy program can seem intimidating. With the support of a compassionate team like the one at Nashville Treatment Solutions, you can be sure that you are not alone on your recovery journey.

Find out more about DBT and how it might fit into your custom treatment plan. Start the path to a healthier future; complete our simple web form or call 866.714.5630 today to get started.

DBT in Nashville
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