At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, we offer substance abuse treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Our programs include a faith-based long-term residential addiction program as well as other options for care. We use a variety of evidence-based treatment programs to help our clients break the cycle of addiction, including dialectical behavior therapy. Contact us today at 844.442.8673 for more information about our addiction treatment programs in Pennsylvania.
What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT falls under a category of treatment called Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. DBT first proved promising with people who attempted suicide or had suicidal thoughts. These patients also had borderline personality disorders.
Dr. Marsha Linehan offered CBT to her clients with suicidal ideations during the 1970s. During her research, Lineham discovered many of her clients had borderline personality disorders. She expanded CBT to alternate her client sessions, alternately focusing on acceptance and change.
As a result, she discovered that both she and her clients could avoid negative thoughts and feelings. This helped Lineham keep the sessions moving forward. Eventually, DBT techniques were adapted to substance abuse treatment and other mental disorders.
The Core Principles of DBT
DBT focuses on therapeutic skills training in recovery, helping individuals cope with extreme emotions that may negatively or dangerously impact their behavior. Our dialectical behavior therapy includes four core components, as detailed below.
The ability to self-regulate your own emotions so they do not control your behaviors or thoughts to the point of causing problems is crucial to not reacting negatively to triggers or resorting to harmful coping mechanisms to distract yourself from them. When these emotions are managed instead of buried, one can live more peacefully.
Replacing harmful coping mechanisms with healthy ones better prepares you for dealing with stress, change, or crisis in a way that is effective and not destructive. Learning acceptance is a huge part of this process.
When you are mindful, you are in the present moment. You’re not dwelling on past mistakes, and you’re not worried about future events. Understanding that both the past and future are entirely out of your control should allow you more freedom to experience the here and now, comfortably and happily.
Improved communication with yourself and others is vital to getting your needs met and meeting the needs of others. This includes boundary setting, asking for help, asking if others need help, and being open about how you feel.
DBT and Substance Abuse Treatment
At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, we provide support from medical detox through addiction therapy with specialized programs, including DBT.
Dialectical behavior therapy helps you with the following goals:
Reducing withdrawal symptoms
Establishing healthy friendships
Avoiding situations that trigger abuse
Breaking dependencies on drugs and alcohol
Engaging in activities that support a drug-free lifestyle
The Effectiveness of DBT in Treating Addiction
DBT assists you in finding healthy ways to deal with anger, depression, and suicidal thoughts. These underlying causes often trigger substance abuse. Thus with DBT, you have a better chance of finishing your program and getting back to a healthy lifestyle. Our qualified counselors invest in your recovery and help you build your confidence in long-term abstinence.
Find Effective Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Pennsylvania
At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, we use DBT and other therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you raise your self-awareness and overcome addiction for good. We offer treatment programs to help individuals overcome substance abuse. So no matter what substance you or a loved one is struggling with, we can help. For instance, we offer treatment for the following:
As clients enter treatment, we can help them decide whether intensive outpatient treatment or residential treatment will be the most appropriate level of care to address their addiction issues. So contact us at 844.442.8673 or online to discuss how you can turn your back on drugs and alcohol and lead the life you were meant for.
“This place was amazing. From the awesome counselors Toni , Vickie, Farah to the wonderful CA’s Betsy my fav to Eden , Amber and Jen and Gibby, you were all crucial to my recovery. I made so many new friends here and strengthened my relationship with God. Pastor Brad was awesome such a man of God. I loved going to chapel. Also the gym every day. They feed you very well too. I would suggest this to anyone”
– Deneese Myers
“I graduated in 1994, a little over 28 years ago. It was a blessing that stayed with me through to this present day. The Lord is so awesome that I can’t even put my experiences in words. I gained a lot of tools and growth there, that made it worth every minute.”
– Loren Thomason
“This is a great organization that loves God and loves people. Those looking for a place of refuge from the woes of addiction should definitely check out Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge!”
– Michael Fanjoy
“If it wasn’t for this program and God I wouldn’t have my husband. He is proof that this program works IF you’re willing to work hard and trust in God. God is always there even in our darkest moments. You just have to believe and push through and trust you aren’t alone. I’m extremely grateful for this program and the men and women who work so hard to make a difference especially my husband”
– Jamie Allyson
“The support from the staff and other students there is wonderful, but foremost realizing that you can’t do this struggle alone and you don’t have to, knowing the Lord Christ our Savior will give you the strength and love, that you are worth it and all things are possible through him.”
– Cindy Clabaugh
“I am beyond thankful for this program because it provided all of the resources that I needed to find freedom from addiction. I graduated in August of 2012 a changed man and with the foundation I’ve needed to remain clean and sober for 7+ years.
Not only have I remained clean, but I’ve been able to experience life and accomplish things that I couldn’t even imagine were possible when entering the doors of Teen Challenge in July of 2011. This place truly exists to “Bring Wholeness to the Hopeless!””
– Ken Lemons
“I graduated from there in 1978. Since that time I was involved in several ministries. My wife and I were the Directors of the Teen Challenge in Kentucky for several years. I was Pastoral staff for two churches. I speak at two men’s ministries monthly. Only Jesus can change a person like that. Teen Challenge will ALWAYS be a part of my life. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me and using this ministry to reach thousands with the LOVE of Christ”