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DBT in Nashville

Nashville Treatment Solutions is dedicated to helping you live a fulfilling drug-free life. There is a life beyond addiction and 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

An Introduction to DBT Therapy

As you explore getting treatment for your addiction, you will start to hear about different options for levels of treatment and therapies within those levels. You’ll hear terms like inpatient, PHP, IOP, outpatient, and more. At the same time, you might hear about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Biotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Family Therapy, and more. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), helps you identify coping methods for your negative thoughts. While all of this may sound like a foreign language when you start your recovery journey, it will all start to make sense as you go along.

Being in early recovery and getting sober is a bit like learning a new language or learning to walk again. Many small steps add up to a powerful journey that will build a set of skills and tools to support you in long-term recovery. Our Nashville drug rehab is here to help you navigate this new world and learn the new language. Our DBT Therapy in Nashville will help you identify new coping skills to serve you in your recovery. 


What Are the Benefits of DBT Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT therapy focuses on the present and challenges you to reconsider your thought patterns and responses. DBT therapy is used for multiple mental health disorders, including addiction. The overriding principle of DBT therapy is to create a dynamic that promotes two opposite goals at one time. The two goals are change and acceptance. With these two goals in mind, DBT therapy builds skills in 4 key areas Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

DBT therapy was first used with suicidal patients and its use has grown from there. The therapy didn’t force the individual to pretend that they weren’t in so much pain that suicide seemed like a solution. Instead, they accepted the desire to commit suicide and worked toward tolerating the pain while working through it. At the same time, they also developed strategies to regulate extreme emotions and improve communication with others. Through this approach, the suicidal individual didn’t have to spend time and energy fighting to prove their pain level. Instead, they moved on to working through it. None of this suggests that working through the pain is easy; it’s not, however, the rewards are immeasurable. 

Our Unique Therapy Programs

Adventure-Based Therapy

People who struggle with addiction often find themselves missing the rush. That’s why our Adventure-Based Therapy can be so effective. It produces a “natural high” that can lead you to rediscover your purpose, boost self-esteem, and decrease anxiety all without relying on alcohol or drugs.

Health & Wellness Therapies

Our whole-person approach puts a high value on both your physical and emotional health. This focus is key to lifelong change. Regular exercise trains the body to take care of itself in the right way, and self-care routines are integral to use alongside other addiction therapies.

Family Recovery Programming

Addiction can tear families apart and impact them in ways that you 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-Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Whereas CBT helps to retrain the mind to turn negative thoughts into positive outcomes, DBT helps you to find coping methods for these thoughts. DBT and CBT work together to rewire your body's learned responses.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment used widely in addiction treatment due to its efficacy in discovering the connection between our thoughts and our actions. This psychotherapeutic technique reteaches the mind how to process recurring thoughts and reframe them in a way that makes them more understandable and allows you to work through them instead of against them.

Trauma Intervention & EMDR Therapy

Our approach looks at our clients through a trauma-informed lens. By addressing and bringing to light past traumas, you’ll be able to limit the role they play in your life and in your recovery. Our Trauma Intervention enables you to focus on the present without sliding back into the cycle of addiction that trauma can perpetuate.

Medication-Assisted Therapy

Our staff is experienced and equipped to help you on your path to a drug-free life. We combine our expertise to create a customized and comprehensive treatment plan that will help you find your individualized path to recovery, including Medication-assisted therapies like Suboxone & Vivitrol.

Community-Focused Recovery

We believe that creating a community that connects people who are overcoming addiction is one of the most important keys to success. We are intentional about assisting each individual in connecting with local groups and people to create strong bonds of support that lead to lasting sobriety.

Support Group Introductions

Thanks to our personal experience in recovery, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. From AA to NA to SMART Recovery and more we offer clients at Nashville Treatment Solutions a truly personal path to self-discovery and recovery through active participation in ANY support group.


How Can DBT Therapy Treat Addiction?

Dialectical behavior therapy programs teach your brain to accept the urge to use and then change the response. Rather than pretending that the desire to use doesn’t exist, you acknowledge that it does but don’t use drugs or alcohol. One of the most important things to know about your addiction is that you won’t always be consumed by wanting to use drugs. However, it’s also important to understand that the thought of using may cross your mind in sobriety. Thinking about using drugs or alcohol isn’t a problem if you know what to do when the ideas come. Let’s face it, when you have used drugs and alcohol as the escape hatch of your life, you will find yourself looking for that escape hatch. It’s not so much that you will want to use it again; it is more that your mind might want to default to old habits while building new ones.

It can sound strange to suggest that the urge to use exists and you will have to accept it. However, it’s not the thought to use that is the problem; it’s the action of using that is the problem. By releasing yourself from trying to change the fact that you thought about using, you focus on creating a different response to that thought. DBT in Nashville is quite in line with the Serenity Prayer used in 12-step recovery programs. DBT therapy teaches you how to accept the things you cannot change while you have the courage to change the things you can. It would be so much simpler if one could stop thinking about using drugs or alcohol as soon you decide to stop, but that’s not always the case. 

Once you move beyond fighting the fact that you want to use, you can work on not using.  DBT therapy will help you learn how to observe your own emotions without judgment. You don’t have to beat yourself up for having thought about using. Maybe turning to drugs has been your way of dealing with stress or self-medicating anxiety. When you find yourself stressed or anxious, you might think about turning to drugs or alcohol. With the help of DBT therapy, you’ll work to increase your ability to withstand uncomfortable emotions. Challenging situations and emotions will happen in recovery; you can only change how you respond. Changing that response is another skill that you’ll learn in DBT therapy. You know that level of anger that your mother, father, brother, or sister seems to be able to bring out in you? What if you could learn ways not to let that anger take over? Learning to change your response and let go doesn’t mean that you let everyone in your life steamroll you. In DBT therapy, your therapist will work with you to set boundaries in your relationships and communicate them effectively. 

As you can see, DBT therapy in Nashville results in benefits that go beyond your addiction. The strategies that you create with your therapist will serve you in your family relationships and at work. Imagine being able to cope with a stressful situation in a way that didn’t tie your stomach up in knots or make your anxiety go through the roof. If we are certain of nothing else, we do know that life will happen. Getting sober will not stop that. However, learning strategies for dealing with life will help keep you sober. In fact, using these tools will help you to bring you to a place where the thoughts of using come less often.


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. To find out your health insurance coverage, click the button below to begin your free benefits check & consultation. 

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

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


Begin Healing at Our Top-Rated Nashville Treatment Center

At Nashville Treatment Solutions, we believe that everyone’s recovery journey is unique, and we tailor treatment plans for your individualized path. Our multifaceted treatment modalities will help you build a solid foundation for your recovery journey. 

We have a wide range of addiction treatment programs to meet your needs, including our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) drug rehab and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which can be followed with our outpatient drug rehab in Nashville, TN.

Woven throughout all of our programs are many opportunities for therapy. Your treatment plan may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Therapy, or one of our other therapies.  Whatever part of our therapy programs fits you best, our goal is to help you connect with strategies that will serve you in long-term sobriety. We will help you create a set of tools. Connect with us today to see how we can best support you in your journey to sobriety. 

DBT in Nashville
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