Art Therapy for Addiction Ideas


There are many different factors that contribute to addiction, alcoholism, OCD, anxiety, mood disorders, and other problems in a person’s life. At Banyan Treatment Center in Chicago, we are committed to treating the various factors behind substance abuse, alcoholism, anxiety, and other issues.

Those who are serious about finding sobriety, health, and happiness seek help from our treatment center in Illinois. We offer many levels of care, from partial hospitalization treatment to our alumni program. We offer many unique approaches to drug treatment, alcohol treatment, and dual diagnosis treatment in Chicago. Art therapy is one of our most effective tools in treatment.

How does Art Therapy for Addiction Work?

Sometimes words fail us, and it can be hard to articulate emotions or fears. With art therapy for addiction, our patients can connect with their deepest emotions. Art therapy can be highly healing, helping patients express themselves in nonverbal and creative ways. Art therapy can help break down barriers, facilitate emotional healing, and even improve communication skills. When used in conjunction with other treatments, art therapy can be highly successful.

At Banyan Treatment Center Chicago, we offer art therapy in our inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and intensive outpatient programs in Chicago. Successful approaches to art therapy include:

  • Gestalt methods. This method focuses on processing the present moment, without burdens of past feelings or experiences. Art can help with this method, allowing patients to draw out their feelings. Gestalt art therapy is highly effective in uncovering past trauma and initiating the healing process.
  • The third hand. This technique of art therapy for addiction involves the therapist working in conjunction with the patient. The therapist works with the patient to create the finished product, gaining a better understanding along the way. This art therapy method is also crucial when therapy first begins.
  • Association through art. Everyone derives a degree of emotion from most art. This approach to therapy helps patients pinpoint emotions through interpreting or creating art.


At Banyan Treatment Center Chicago, we offer many approaches to treating addiction, alcoholism, and dual diagnosis disorders. Our treatment professionals are here to help you heal with many approaches to treatment, including art therapy. Contact us today to learn more about art therapy and its benefits for your recovery! Call us today at 888-280-4763.

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.