A Little Creativity Goes a Long Way in Recovery
At SJRP we believe that art therapy is beneficial for everyone. And while we believe that everyone has creativity within them, we understand that not everyone is artistic. From stick figures to canvas art, art therapy for addiction allows clients to express their past, and explore the future. In the art therapy room, there are no right or wrong ways to express yourself – choose painting, sculpture, music-making, dancing, or another craft.
Art therapy has proven to be beneficial for veterans suffering from PTSD and depression. Veterans with PTSD suffer similar symptoms of those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Studies have shown reduced symptoms and higher levels of self-control even after only a couple of sessions.
Types of Art Therapy for Addiction
The use of creativity to express your imagination or underlying emotions in a healthy way is a concept that we have to re-learn in recovery. Art therapy provides a safe, anything goes, opportunity for you to expand your communication to connect with emotions or underlying feelings. People can express themselves in a variety of ways, particularly, art therapy for addiction is generally in the form of:
- Visual art – painting, sculpting, drawing, coloring, etc.
- Performance art – dancing, singing, music-making, acting, etc.
- Applied art – cooking, sewing, woodworking, jewelry making, etc.
- Literary art – creative writing, journaling, poetry, etc.
The type of art therapy that applies most to you and your recovery will depend on your own personal creative desires, but don’t be afraid to try something new while you’re here! Some of the best ways to relieve stress and anxiety come not from repeating our actions, but from finding new activities that we grow to love.
How Art in Recovery Heals Past Trauma & Pain
The creation of art is a nonverbal process that expands our ability to communicate through the exploration of our inner emotions and feelings. Art therapy is often useful when a client has a past history of abuse, which is also a common underlying cause of substance abuse and addiction. You may not feel comfortable talking about a particular event or feeling that you have about the abuse that you endured, but you’re able to convey the emotion through your art. This opens opportunities to explore and begin to resolve the issues surrounding the abuse before you are able to appropriately express the strong emotions surrounding the traumatic experience.
The use of art to express yourself and explore various aspects of your life is a vital element of the healing and addiction recovery process. Our FL rehab center uses art therapy in conjunction with various forms of traditional therapy to provide you with the communication tools you need for a successful recovery. Whether in a group setting, or on your own time, the art therapy room is almost always open for you to channel your inner artist, explore those deeply rooted emotions and feelings, and start communicating in a healthy way.