Addiction Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Addiction


At the Massachusetts Center for Addiction in Quincy, MA, we understand the complex challenges faced by individuals struggling with addiction. Our commitment to providing compassionate, comprehensive care is at the heart of our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program in Massachusetts. Our DBT treatment program empowers patients on their recovery journey, offering an empathetic and evidence-based path to healing.

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for addiction is a type of therapy that helps people learn how to handle stress, control their emotions, and get along better with others. It was first made to help those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has been changed a bit to help people with addiction and mental health issues, too.

DBT treatment teaches four main skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and effective relationship management.


Female patient sitting in her therapists office during dialectical behavioral therapy session while her therapist writes on a notepad.


Skills Taught in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT teaches important coping skills to help people recover from addiction and feel better mentally. 


Mindfulness is a core part of DBT. It plays an important role in each of the skills taught. It’s about being fully present in the moment, aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment.

This skill is woven into DBT practices to help individuals observe and accept their current state. Doing so is especially useful in managing stress, emotions, and interactions with others.

By practicing mindfulness, people learn to pause and respond to situations thoughtfully rather than reacting impulsively. This awareness is fundamental in developing healthier coping mechanisms and improving overall well-being.

Distress Tolerance

This skill is all about coping with stress in healthy ways. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol when things get tough, DBT teaches techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, and distraction. These tools help people face difficult situations without relying on substances.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation helps people better understand their feelings. It teaches how to calm down when emotions feel too intense. Through DBT, individuals learn strategies like identifying what triggers strong emotions and using positive activities to manage them, making it easier to keep emotions in balance.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

This skill focuses on building stronger relationships. DBT offers tips on how to ask for what you need, say no when necessary, and handle conflicts calmly. It’s about communicating in ways that respect both yourself and others, leading to healthier and more supportive connections.

These skills help people in several ways. First, they support staying sober. Second, they address the root causes of addiction. Finally, they lead to better mental health and greater happiness. DBT offers a supportive path to recovery, helping people improve their lives.

Why Choose Our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

We tailor our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program in Massachusetts to meet the unique needs of each individual. Our programs are led by our clinical team of state-licensed, Master’s-level therapists.

We offer a supportive environment where patients can learn and practice DBT skills essential for recovery. Our program is designed to not only address the symptoms of addiction and mental health conditions but also to foster growth, resilience, and a lasting commitment to sobriety.

Insurance and Payment Options

Financial constraints should not be a barrier to receiving high-quality addiction treatment. The Massachusetts Center for Addiction accepts most major insurance plans and is in-network with Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare health insurance plans. Our team dedicates itself to working with you to ensure you access the care you need.

Get Started with the Massachusetts Center for Addiction

Beginning your journey to recovery with our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program is straightforward. Contact us at 1-844-486-0671 for a free and confidential phone assessment. Our compassionate team will guide you through the process, from scheduling treatment to admission into our program. We are here to support you every step of the way.

At the Massachusetts Center for Addiction, we are committed to providing a pathway to recovery rooted in understanding, compassion, and clinical excellence. If you or someone you care about is dealing with addiction or mental health issues, we can help.

Our DBT program can provide the care and tools needed for recovery and staying sober. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help.