The Benefits of DBT
There are many proven benefits of DBT, including:
Working towards self-acceptance – Guests learn how to accept themselves and their current circumstances. They learn how to stay grounded in the present moment and take things in stride. They develop skills that help them make positive changes when it comes to the ways in which they interact with themselves and with the world around them.
Becoming comfortable with change – Change can be scary, and fear of change keeps a lot of people stuck in their old ways of thinking and behaving. One of the main benefits of DBT is growing comfortable with change, and beginning to view changes in a positive light.
Learning how to replace self-destructive behavioral patterns with healthy and productive ones – Guests learn how to analyze their own detrimental behavioral patterns without self-judgement. They learn how to replace unhealthy ways of behaving while working towards comprehensive healing.
Changing unhealthy thinking patterns – Guests learn how to identify negative thinking patterns that are not beneficial or helpful, and they learn how to replace self-defeating thoughts with positive ones.
Learning how to work collaboratively with others – Guests learn how to communicate in healthy and effective ways, and they begin working collaboratively with the treatment team. They learn how to express their personal needs and concerns, and they begin to understand that they play a fundamental role in their own recovery process.
Developing a new and beneficial skill set – Guests learn a new set of healthy coping mechanisms and life skills that is geared towards helping them avoid relapse for years to come. Guests are able to call upon the skills they learn in real life situations once residential inpatient treatment comes to an end.
Receiving support from your therapist and from your peers – It can be difficult to accept support, especially for those who are new to recovery and who might have a difficult time trusting the intentions of others. During DBT sessions guests begin learning that they can rely on other people for support, encouragement and advice.
It takes time to achieve these benefits. DBT is not a “single session” remedy for underlying issues — in order to reap these benefits, a person must commit to a long-term program of clinical care. At the Plymouth House we encourage all of our guests to commit to longer than the two week minimum required in the residential inpatient portion of our multi-phased program. The longer a guest stays actively engaged in DBT, the more he or she will benefit in the long-run. To learn more about DBT or more about our therapeutic program as a whole, today.