a woman talks to her therapist at a dialectical behavioral therapy programFor people battling addiction, it can often be very difficult to manage emotions and relationships as well. There are many treatment options that can help, including a dialectical behavior therapy program. We offer this therapy as a component of our addiction treatment center at Fort Behavioral Health. If you’re ready to find help, our team is ready to support you.

What Is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program?

The dialectical behavior therapy program in TX we offer, sometimes just called DBT, is a comprehensive program designed to help facilitate healing and recovery. You will learn new skills to help you manage the difficult emotions you have as you work through addiction. The goal of this type of treatment is to give you key skills to help you continue on the path of sobriety.

There are four key areas to DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. 


It starts with mindfulness. The goal here is to improve your ability to accept what is happening and to be present in your life at this moment. Mindfulness and mindfulness skills can be practiced at any time, anywhere, while doing  anything. Intentionally paying attention to the moment, without judging it or holding on to it, is all that is needed. 

The core concepts of mindfulness are:

  • Intentionally living with awareness in the present moment – Mindfulness aims to wake people up from automatic or rote behaviors to participate and be present to our own lives.
  • Not judging or rejecting the moment – While practicing mindfulness, you let go of evaluating, avoiding, suppressing, or blocking the present moment.
  • No attachment to the moment – Mindfulness teaches us to attend to the experience of each new moment, rather than ignoring the present by clinging to the past or grabbing for the future.

Distress Tolerance

Second, it’s important to increase your ability to tolerate the negative emotions you have. This phase, called distress tolerance, aims to help you stop trying to escape from the emotions you have. 

The distress tolerance phase of DBT teaches crisis survival skills, including:

  • The STOP Skill
  • Pros and Cons
  • TIP Your Body Chemistry
  • Distract with Wise Mind ACCEPTS
  • Self-Soothe with the Five Senses
  • Improve the Moment

Emotion Regulation

The third component is emotion regulation. In this phase, you will learn how to manage as well as change the intense emotions you have. These emotions typically cause the problems you’re experiencing. 

The goals of emotion regulation are:

  • Understand and name your own emotions
  • Decrease the frequency of unwanted emotions
  • Decrease emotional vulnerability
  • Decrease emotional suffering 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Finally, interpersonal effectiveness is the phase in which you’ll learn how to communicate in an assertive manner with others. The aim here is to help you develop self-respect. This will help you to develop stronger relationships. 

The goals of interpersonal effectiveness are:

  • Be skillful in getting what you want and need from others – You can use these skills to get others to take your opinions seriously.
  • Build relationships and end destructive ones – Building new relationships and ending hopeless ones will ease your emotional burden.
  • Walk the middle path – This goal helps you create and maintain balance in relationships.

Who Needs DBT?

Our dialectical behavior therapy program is open to anyone facing difficulties related to drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, or other emotional distress. It may not be right for all people, but it can provide a strong foundation of information and real-life, effective strategies for dealing with the complexities in your life.

You can expect each session to last about an hour. During that time, you will set some goals with your therapist and openly discuss what’s happening. You will be in a safe place where you can open up without repercussions.

Take the First Step by Calling Fort Behavioral Health for Support

With a wide range of treatment programs available, Fort Behavioral Health is here to help you turn the page and start on your recovery. We offer a dialectical behavior therapy program as one of the many options for care. Whether you struggle with alcohol addiction or an addiction to illicit or prescription drugs, we can help. Furthermore, we offer several dual diagnosis treatment programs. Dual diagnosis treatment means that we address both an addiction and mental illness simultaneously. This treatment is essential for many of our patients’ long term recovery.

Are you ready to stop living in the shadow of addiction? We’re ready to help. Contact Fort Behavioral Health so we can talk about what treatment method is right for you. Call 844.332.1807 today to learn more about our dialectical behavior therapy program in TX.