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Definition Composed by Our Patients

Dialectic Behavior Therapy is for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, substance use disorders, and binge eating disorders.  It helps individuals learn how to regulate strong emotions more effectively.  DBT teaches coping skills and different tools so a person can line a more healthy and stable life.  The end goal is to have a life worth living.

Summary from The National Institute of Mental Health

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a form of CBT, was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. At first, it was developed to treat people with suicidal thoughts and actions. It is now also used to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is an illness in which suicidal thinking and actions are more common.

The term "dialectical" refers to a philosophic exercise in which two opposing views are discussed until a logical blending or balance of the two extremes—the middle way—is found. In keeping with that philosophy, the therapist assures the patient that the patient's behavior and feelings are valid and understandable. At the same time, the therapist coaches the patient to understand that it is his or her personal responsibility to change unhealthy or disruptive behavior.

DBT emphasizes the value of a strong and equal relationship between patient and therapist. The therapist consistently reminds the patient when his or her behavior is unhealthy or disruptive—when boundaries are overstepped—and then teaches the skills needed to better deal with future similar situations. DBT involves both individual and group therapy. Individual sessions are used to teach new skills, while group sessions provide the opportunity to practice these skills.

Research suggests that DBT is an effective treatment for people with BPD. A recent NIMH-funded study found that DBT reduced suicide attempts by half compared to other types of treatment for patients with BPD

Services Per Location

Some of our services are not available in all of our facilities. The list below assists in determining which of our centers offers a certain service or function. For more information, please contact the facility closest to your residence.

  • ACTT +

    Alleghany Center
    Ashe Center
    Avery Center
    Davie Center
    Forsyth NW
    Rockingham County
    Watauga Center
    Wilkes Center
  • Day Treatment +

    Avery Center
    Davidson Center
    Watuaga Center
    Wilkes Center
  • DWI/DWLR Services +

    Allgehany Center
    Archdale Center
    Ashe Center
    Asheboro Center
    Avery Center
    Cabarrus Center
    Davidson Center
    Rowan Center
    Stanly Center
    Union Center
    Wilkes Center
    Watauga Center
  • Facility Based Crisis +

    Statesville CRC
    Kannapolis CRC
    Monroe CRC
  • Intensive In-Home +

    Alleghany Center
    Anson Center
    Archdale Center
    Ashe Center
    Asheboro Center
    Avery Center
    Cabarrus Center
    Davie Center
    Forsyth NW
    Hoke Center
    Montgomery Center
    Moore Center
    Richmond Center
    Stokes Center
    Surry Center
    Union Center
    Watauga Center
  • Medication Management +

    This service is offered at all of our facilities except Guilford Residential

  • Mobile Crisis Management +

    Alleghany Center
    Avery Center
    Cabarrus Center
    Davidson Cener
    Forsyth Center
    Iredell Center
    Rockingham County
    Rowan Center
    Stanly Center
    Surry Center
    Union Center
    Vance Center
    Watauga Center
  • Mobile Medication Program +

    Vance Center
  • Outpatient Substance Abuse +

    This service is offered at all of our facilities except Guilford Residential

  • Outpatient Mental Health +

    This service is offered at all of our facilities except Guilford Residential

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation +

    Alleghany Center
    Ashe Center
    Forsyth NW Center
    Rockingham County
    Wilkes Center
  • Residential Subtance Abuse +

    Guilford Residential Center
  • School-Based Therapy +

    Ashe Center
    Avery Center
    Watauga Center
  • Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient +

    Alleghany Center
    Avery Center
    Cabarrus Center
    Forsyth Center
    Davidson Center
    Iredell Center
    Rowan Center
    Stanly Center
    Surry Center
    Union Center
    Wilkes Center
    Watauga Center
    Yadkin Center
  • Walk-In Crisis +

    This service is offered at all of our facilities except Guilford Residential

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