Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


For full recovery from addiction and alcoholism, behavioral modification is a must. In order to change one’s habits, one must change their behaviors. Habits are born out of behavior and behavior is born out of habit. Though addiction and alcoholism are many things including a biological and neurological disorder, they are also habits. Seeking out, obtaining and using chemical substances becomes a routine for addicts and alcoholics. Everything associated with the routine, from emotion to time of day to location, becomes an ingrained part of the habit. Many in recovery report these parts of the habit felt as though they were part of the addiction themselves. Neuroscience proves this to be true.

Brain Science

Chemical substances alter the brain’s chemistry, putting a great emphasis on the production of a neurotransmitter sciencecalled dopamine. Neurotransmitters are chemical communication devices in the brain which send messages to large areas. Dopamine, for example, is responsible for communicating experiences of pleasure and sends those messages to the nucleus accumbens. Hidden within the nucleus accumbens is the small but influential reward center. As behaviors and patterns become habitual, the reward center associates each component of behavior with reward. Therefore, dopamine, that pleasure sensing brain chemical, is produced just at the anticipation of participating in the behavior. Anticipation, it is said, is a powerful thing.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are closely related in that they both seek to use the therapeutic platform to help change behavior. Behavioral therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy, which focuses on self-discovery. Instead, therapeutic treatment methods like CBT and DBT specify a problem in behavior and create solutions. Cognitive behavioral therapy uses a change of thought to encourage change, whereas dialectical behavioral therapy uses language and communication to encourage change.

Sound Recovery Solutions incorporates both cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavioral therapy in our treatment programs for addiction. Our licensed clinicians and counselors employ CBT and DBT skills in their individual and group therapy sessions. In addition, we offer educational courses for clients who wish to learn more about CBT and DBT skills, picking up extra tools to confidently manage their emotions.

Sound Recovery Solutions empowers men and women to become efficient and responsible leaders in their own lives and their communities. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs all of which seek to give clients the skills they need to live successfully for more information call 561-279-3860.

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