Addiction Therapy: DBT Residential Treatment Centers 

Addiction Therapy: DBT Residential Treatment Centers 

Luxe Recovery LA is a luxury detox and rehabilitation center offering world-class mental health and substance abuse treatment. We treat a wide range of substance abuse disorders and our treatment plans are individualized to each patient.

Recovery from addiction is a complex and multifaceted journey. It’s something that can require multiple therapeutic modalities. One of these evidence-based treatment programs that Luxe Recovery LA uses is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

This treatment process has helped numerous individuals transform their thinking and achieve lasting recovery from addiction disorders.

What is a Residential Program?

A residential treatment program is, essentially, rehab. A patient checks into a treatment facility of their own volition or with the strong encouragement of loved ones. Inside this facility, they detox and wean themselves off of their drug(s) of choice.

They also undergo intense therapy and other treatment programs so they don’t relapse once they check out of the facility. The length of stay in a facility can vary from one person to another, but it’s usually between 30 to 90 days, depending on the severity of someone’s addiction. 

Residential programs can also be a prelude to an outpatient program. Many people who are in outpatient treatment often go through inpatient treatment first and use their current program as a means to continue treatment while continuing to live their lives.

Inpatient treatment can be vital for patients who have a history of self-harm or suicidal ideation, as residential staff can monitor their behavior to protect them from themselves.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT is an offshoot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It was initially used as a treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Presently, many programs use DBT as it has proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and substance use disorder.

DBT treatment has been proven particularly effective in helping individuals who struggle with emotional regulation, self-harm, and suicidal ideation be better at regulating their emotions.

DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques with the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. It’s based primarily on dialectics, which focuses on finding the balance between two opposing forces. In the context of treatment, the opposing forces are change and acceptance.

Goals of DBT


Detoxification, or detox, is often the first step in the recovery process. It involves medically supervised withdrawal, helping individuals safely manage withdrawal symptoms as they rid their bodies of substances.

United Healthcare typically covers this critical phase, understanding its importance as the foundation for successful long-term recovery.


This is centered around helping patients be more present in the moment, to observe and describe their present moments without any judgment. The goal of developing this skill is to help patients be more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. 

Emotion Regulation

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Enhancing Distress Tolerance 

Techniques used in DBT

Observing and recording

Mindful breathing

Mindful eating


Identifying and labeling emotions

Opposite action

Validation and Self-Validation

Behavioral Chain Analysis


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