Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those individuals with multiple and severe psychological disorders, that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a well-established psychotherapy treatment for individuals with multiple and severe psychological disorders—including individuals who are chronically suicidal. It was also first developed to help those patients with borderline personality disorder and suicidal thoughts. Developed by co-author Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, DBT’s ultimate goal is to assist patients in their efforts to build a life worth living.
Patients who suffer from certain mental illnesses are usually more prone to expressing intense emotional outbursts and may use substances as a form of self-medication. A successful outcome of DBT is when the patient learns to envision, articulate, pursue, and sustain goals, independent of their history. This includes their uncontrollable behavior, including substance abuse, and helps them better able to cope with life’s stresses.
The authors developed the program that incorporates concepts and modalities designed to promote abstinence, thus helping to reduce the length and negative impact on relapses.