Evidence-Based Treatment Trends: What’s New in Therapy Approaches

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is increasingly on-trend with clinicians and those seeking to improve their mental health. Evidence-backed research into the practice offered by therapists shows CBT is at the top of the list for patients who seek help.

Practicing psychologists often start with a course in CBT before recommending drug-related treatment. The precise principles and quick results make CBT top of the list for therapy in Mesa, Arizona. CBT’s short-term, structured nature makes the treatment particularly amenable to direct and indirect observation or experience, allowing the patient to feel the benefit of the treatment quickly.

Moreover, the same research results suggest that CBT has better results than antidepressants alone and equal efficacy to behavior therapy in adults with depression. Recently, psychologists have suggested that CBT is an incredibly effective treatment for those with drug and/or alcohol addiction when combined with medication.

While there’s little doubt that CBT is an effective therapy, there are new approaches to mental health treatments that take the best parts of CBT and adapt the treatment to work in other areas of the mental health treatment spectrum.

These adapted therapies include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) combined with CBT for borderline personality disorder designed to help those accept (not control) distressing thoughts and feelings and focus on the use of innovative strategies for directly changing behavior following the personal values and patient goals. Let’s backtrack slightly and look at each therapy in detail.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) defined

Although the basic techniques and principles of CBT are straightforward, specific treatments receive specially designed forms of CBT but fall under the general CBT umbrella, including cognitive therapy (change the way you think), talking therapy, problem-solving therapy, meta-cognitive therapy (negative thought therapy), rational-emotive behavior therapy, PTSD mental processing practices, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to name a few.

There is an ever-evolving subset of CBT; therefore, it is better to think of cognitive-behavioral therapies in the plural, as they constitute a family of related interventions following certain underlying principles and assumptions.

As such, CBT therapists help patients recognize, assess, and adjust inaccurate or damaging thoughts to develop more practical and beneficial assessments or ways of thinking, either as part of an inpatient or outpatient program.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) principles

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an example of one of the first evidence-based practices, next-generation CBT approaches, which attempts to balance acceptance and change-based thinking therapies by relying instead on more indirect methods of addressing acknowledged distorted cognitions or distorted thinking that causes people to view reality in an inaccurate, often negative way.

There is, of course, much more to DBT than this overview, but DBT is a new tool in the therapist’s armory available to those who need help with mental health issues and are open to treatments that are progressive and directive. Depression and anxiety sufferers find CBT successful, while people with marginal personality disorder and chronic suicidal ideation find DBT more useful.

Why combined evidence-based therapies are the way forward

CBT and DBT are distinct therapies that can be used in combination to help those with wide-ranging mental health problems, including addiction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) works by identifying and changing negative thought patterns that make individuals anxious and depressed. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps individuals regulate their emotions, improve their interpersonal skills, and take control of their lives.

The Lighthouse Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center uses the latest evidence-based therapies to help those overcome addiction problems – treatments methods include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group sessions
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Family therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Lighthouse Support Services offers several programs for people seeking recovery from their addictions.

Each program has the same primary treatment methodologies, which rely on CBT and DBT-based therapy and counseling. However, the difference lies in commitment, scale, and intensity. Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) has substantial minimum commitments for maximum results designed for those who require immediate treatment.

The less intense outpatient program adheres to high-quality therapy standards but is flexible enough to accommodate just one weekly session.

Lighthouse Support Services takes pride in providing a specialized Native American treatment program that caters to the traditional values of our Native American clients. We acknowledge the distinctiveness of the Native American culture and strive to incorporate it throughout the treatment process with sensitivity.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing mental health conditions, including but not exclusively mood disorders (mania or depression), anxiety disorders (excessive shyness distress or nervousness), marital distress, adverse life events, anger, and chronic pain that materializes through drug and/or alcohol addiction. In that case, evidence-based treatments, such as CBT and DBT in Mesa, Arizona, maybe the answer you’re looking for.