Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapy technique that is a unique branch of cognitive behavioral therapy. Like CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on trying to change negative thought patterns that are fueling or exasperating various problems to, in turn, change a person’s destructive behaviors. What make this therapy program unique is that is uses the person’s relationships with others to illicit these changes.

Regardless of whether they are negative or positive relationships, personal relationships are often connected to strong emotions that can impact a person’s behavior. A dialectical behavioral therapist will analyze these emotional responses and use them to help change the person’s behavior to a more desired outcome. Through dialectical behavioral therapy, patients will also learn to accept what they cannot change as they strive to improve their lives with the changes they are able to make.

DBT was originally used to treat people who suffered from borderline personality disorder, but it has since been expanded to help patients struggling with depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders.


Using DBT for Addiction

At Banyan Treatment Centers Heartland, we believe that regardless of the specifics, most substance abuse disorders stem from or are connected to poor mental health. While our patients can work though their physical dependence with a medical drug detox, they also need to address these underlying mental health concerns if they want to find lasting success.

One of the many unforeseen side effects of addiction is damage to personal relationships. Long-term drug abuse or alcoholism especially cause serious and sometimes irreparable harm to a relationship. Addicts will often push loved ones away and betray their trust. On the other hand, toxic and unhealthy relationships could be a leading cause of substance abuse. Regardless of the exact circumstances, these relationships are usually an emotionally charged subject for the person going through recovery.

By using dialectical behavioral therapy for addiction treatment, we help patients examine their emotions related to their relationships and channel them into more productive thinking and behaviors regarding their substance abuse problems. Our DBT program in Illinois helps patients who may feel alone or distant from loved ones transform these negative messages into more positive thoughts that can propel change.  Using DBT for addiction recovery can also help patients find support in their sobriety journey.


A Holistic Approach to Treatment

At our Heartland rehab, we believe that comprehensive healing is necessary for patients to achieve lasting sobriety. Our dialectical behavioral therapy program in Gilman is just one of many programs we use to help patients address the large-scale problem that is addiction.

During their time with us, patients will participate in everything from different psychotherapy techniques to homeopathic programs like yoga and mindfulness. These programs are held in both individual and group settings to allow patients to both practice introspection and build a community of support from peers struggling with similar issues. This wide range of addiction therapies helps patients not only prepare for life outside of treatment, but also to heal from the secondary damage caused by their substance abuse disorders.


Begin the healing process today and start working toward your brighter future. Contact us today to learn more about how our programs at Banyan Heartland could help you or a loved one find lasting sobriety.


Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Banyan Detox Heartland, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction is able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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