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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

People who have developed an addiction are often self-medicating as a way to cope with emotional trauma or chronic physical pain. They don’t have the tools to help them deal with pain in a healthy way and have instead resorted to abusing alcohol or drugs in order to “numb out” and avoid physical or psychological suffering. The APN Lodge program helps clients identify what factors in life cause them pain and show how their current coping mechanisms have contributed to their addictions.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) encourages people to identify and build upon their strengths. DBT will first seek to eliminate any self-injurious behaviors or other conduct the client engages in that could derail the therapeutic process. From there, clients practice how to create and sustain interpersonal relationships via open communication and healthy problem-solving techniques.

DBT is used in both individual and group therapy sessions.