What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an approach that helps to improve quality of life and coping skills in patients.

At Banyan Treatment Center Chicago, we utilize dialectical behavioral therapy for addiction, alcoholism, and dual diagnosis treatment in Chicago. Addiction creates many roadblocks to enjoying life, but dialectical behavioral therapy helps to break down these barriers so patients can enjoy a life in sobriety.

When Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a Good Choice

At Banyan Treatment Center in Illinois, we utilize dialectical behavioral therapy for several different challenges that patients may be facing. It’s especially effective for addressing substance abuse, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dual diagnosis disorders. DBT works by helping patients learn new skills to manage tough emotions, while developing a healthy lifestyle.

When used with other treatment options, dialectical behavioral therapy can be extremely useful. Our team of addiction professionals at Banyan Treatment Center Chicago uses dialectical behavioral therapy, along with other approaches to treatment. No matter how overwhelming a challenge may seem, dialectical behavioral therapy can help.

How Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Sessions Work

One-on-one therapy sessions are the cornerstone to this therapeutic approach. Your therapist will meet with you to discuss your challenges and goals, and help you in developing a plan to then achieve these goals.

DBT works to improve enjoyment of life while enhancing patients’ coping skills. It focuses on growth in four major areas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

These four subsets involve many components of therapy. Mindfulness focuses on helping individuals to be more present in the current moment. Distress tolerance is crucial, as it helps patients respond to negativity and challenges more easily. Emotion regulation helps patients gain responsibility and control over their emotions. Finally, interpersonal effectiveness helps patients strengthen relationships.

When you are searching for treatment centers in Illinois that offer the most effective approaches to drug and alcohol addiction treatment, call our team at Banyan Treatment Center Chicago. We offer dialectical behavioral therapy as a part of inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment approaches.


Contact our helpline today to learn how dialectical behavioral therapy can help you overcome addiction. Call us today at 888-280-4763! We can help!

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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.