Art therapy is a powerful expressive therapy. It can help address deep-rooted issues that contribute to addiction and destructive behaviors. The process of creating art can relieve stress, build self-esteem, promote self-regulation and self-awareness, and provide a healthy coping skill.
In art therapy, clients are guided by a specially trained art therapist to use various media for creative self-expression. They explore issues, stressors and emotions that have played a role in their addiction. The creative process can be as healing as the reflection that sometimes takes place afterwards.
Our clients have the opportunity to participate in both individual and group art therapy sessions. They are also encouraged to use the art studio during personal time. To learn more about art therapy, call 888-879-1289.
Often those struggling with substance abuse have lost touch with themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. By creating art and exploring its meaning, clients can reconnect with parts of themselves that have been buried by addiction. They can give “a voice” to issues they may have difficulty verbalizing. Many clients find creating and illustrating emotions instead of just talking about them to be a powerful therapeutic outlet.
Art therapy can also provide valuable opportunities for clients to be present in the moment, concentrating on specific parts (shape, color, feel, movement) of the art-creation process. Creating art can promote relaxation, emotional release and concentration — valuable addiction recovery skills. In group sessions, art therapy can help clients learn how to connect with others honestly and respectfully.
There are two main approaches in art therapy. These are:
Our art therapist is trained to help clients express themselves through their choice of various themes and materials. Clients are encouraged to explore the spiritual, emotional and psychological issues that arise.
Art materials used in the creative process include items such as:
At the end of treatment, clients can choose to take a portfolio of their work home with them, which often ends up representing their progression in addiction recovery.
Our art studio provides a safe, accepting space where clients can feel vulnerable and work on art, no matter what their previous experience with art has been. Large, windowed doors open to hard wood floors, a long, welcoming table, comfortable chairs and stools, and cabinets and shelves filled with art supplies. An accent wall is warmly decorated with art therapy pieces donated by former clients at Clarity Way drug rehab center.
This airy space is stocked with a range of materials needed to explore art and feelings in whatever way resonates with a client. Clients are encouraged to use the art studio during group and individual sessions and during their personal time.
Learn more about art therapy and other approaches at Clarity Way drug and alcohol rehab. Please call us at 888-879-1289.