What’s the Difference Between CBT and DBT?

Many individuals suffering from addiction are, in reality using substances to cope with an untreated mental health issue. This is why in addiction treatment, a dual diagnosis approach is necessary for many individuals’ complete recovery. Two commonly used evidence-based therapies are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). CBT is a process-based approach for changing cognitive patterns and fostering emotional regulation. DBT is a specific form of CBT that offers a direct approach to changing behavior. Both of these therapies can be a helpful part of a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and are in need of treatment, these therapies can help. Don’t hesitate to reach out and call Soledad House at 866.314.3222 to learn more.

What Is CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be helpful for those recovering from addiction. It helps individuals become aware of negative thinking so challenging situations can be met with clarity, a fresh perspective, and new patterns of action. This can be especially important in breaking the cyclical nature of thought and actions that characterize addiction.

CBT is effective in helping:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness
  • Prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms
  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren’t an option
  • Learn strategies for coping with stress
  • Identify skills for regulating emotions
  • Learn better modes to communicate
  • Work with grief or loss
  • Overcome emotional trauma from abuse or violence
  • Cope with a medical illness
  • Manage chronic physical symptoms

CBT Addiction Therapy at Soledad House

Here at Soledad House, located in the heart of San Diego, we specialize in women’s addiction treatment, which means that we tailor all of our programs specifically to meet the needs of women in recovery. At Soledad House, women can find a safe space and a collaborative, non-judgmental atmosphere that honors the unique needs of women. The specific modes of therapy that we offer include family therapy, group therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), exercise therapy, CBT, DBT, and holistic treatments like meditation therapy.

CBT, in particular, aids clients in understanding their thoughts and feelings. It helps individuals recognize negative internal dialogue and how it influences behavior. CBT directly addresses the cycle of compulsive and destructive behaviors that characterizes addiction, ultimately guiding clients to identify the root cause of their addiction. It can also address unrealistic thinking and goals that help support clients in taking recovery one step at a time. CBT is most effective as a short-term therapeutic approach, and when paired with the numerous other therapy options we offer, can lead to lasting sobriety.

DBT Therapy at Soledad House

We offer dialectical behavior therapy, in which therapists and other staff cooperate and exchange information to better support the client’s recovery.

DBT has four main elements: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. This form of therapy helps the client work on recurring patterns. A unique treatment plan starts with the most significant behavioral problems and meets those urgent needs first.

DBT was born from the unique need to help those in recovery. Clients have many talents, positive attributes, and healthy aspects in their life. DBT helps the client reach clarity around both the positive attributes they have as well as the challenging behaviors. This approach gives the client practical skills to help them meet those challenges and achieve lasting growth and change.

Life-Changing Recovery at Soledad House

Dual diagnosis support and therapy are vital options for those in recovery. The path to recovery deserves a therapeutic approach and a facility as unique as each individual. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out immediately. Call us at 866.314.3222 today.