Arizona Addiction Recovery Center in Phoenix, AZ now offers more advanced therapy services for substance abuse treatment, such as CBT, DBT and EMDR.


Advanced treatment therapies have become increasingly effective in addressing substance abuse and drug addiction, but more importantly, the overwhelming number of relapses and subsequent drug overdoses. While patients and their families are tired of the cost and ineffectiveness of typical drug rehab, some treatment centers in Arizona are stepping up by offering a host of psychotherapy and behavioral modalities, such as CBT, DBT and EMDR.

Arizona Addiction Treatment Center in Phoenix, AZ is proud to offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) amongst other treatment modalities as part of a comprehensive recovery program to encourage sustained recovery. Our therapists are highly qualified and experienced in not just advanced treatment therapies, but also how they relate specifically to drug addiction.

Whether this is your first time seeking addiction treatment or you have relapsed multiple times, our goal at Arizona Addiction Treatment Center is to provide you with the best possible care for your individual needs. There is nothing more important than your recovery and that is why we offer a comprehensive full scope of substance abuse treatment, including but not limited to advanced therapies. We want you and your families to be informed about some of these techniques so below, please find a simplified explanation of CBT, DBT and EMDR therapies and how they can benefit you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was developed as a method to prevent relapse when treating alcohol abuse, and later it was adapted for individuals with cocaine addiction. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, which would ultimately change how they feel. CBT techniques include recognizing the positive and negative consequences of continued drug use, self- avoiding and identify situations that might put one at risk for use, and developing strategies for coping with cravings and avoiding those high-risk situations.

Research indicates that the skills individuals learn through cognitive-behavioral approaches remain after the completion of treatment. Current research focuses on how to produce even more powerful effects by combining CBT with medications for drug abuse and with other types of behavioral therapies, such as DBT or EMDR.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed to deal with the mental anguish the sufferer (addict) experiences and create a life worth living. The goal of DBT is to guide the patient through self- acceptance, recognize change is needed and to provide tools to handle the feelings and circumstances in their lives that led to the substance abuse or drug addiction. Addicts will often suffer a number of negative consequences from their substance use (failing health, job and relationship losses, legal difficulties, and economic problems, etc.), and yet, will continue to use drugs or alcohol to deal with their pain.

DBT treats relapse into substance abuse as a problem to solve, rather than as evidence of patient inadequacy or treatment failure. The therapist helps the patient make a quick recovery from the lapse with behavioral analysis of the events that led to and followed drug use.

DBT includes: mindfulness (be present by accepting yourself and the circumstances); interpersonal relations (setting limits for your safety and your relationships; emotion regulation (identifying, regulating and experiencing emotions without becoming overwhelmed and acting on impulse); and distress tolerance – developing skills to cope with crises when emotions become overwhelming and the individual is unable to immediately solve the problem (a death, sickness, loss of job, etc.).

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an eight-phase treatment, which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity (i.e. using drugs and alcohol to deal with trauma). Patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. It is believed that EMDR works because the “bilateral stimulation” by-passes the area of the brain that has become stuck due to the trauma and is preventing the left side of the brain from self-soothing the right side of the brain.

EMDR is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive plan for treating addiction that must also include appropriate social supports and teaching new lifestyle skills. EMDR is not a quick fix with a simple wave of a finger. The first two phases of the eight-phase protocol are actually all about stabilization and building internal resources. Then, the therapist can determine the patient’s readiness for phases three through eight, the trauma reprocessing. It turns out that many people who have been through treatment multiple times, have an untreated trauma blocking their recovery.

For more information regarding CBT, DBT, EMDR and other substance abuse treatments, contact Arizona Addiction Treatment Center 24/7 at 602.346.9130.

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