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Art therapy tools, in many instances, allow someone the opportunity to physically express the devastation caused by prolonged substance dependency, when otherwise it is verbally difficult. Talking through traumatic experiences takes time, and some may not be ready to discuss specific events for years. Additionally, some matters are simply too difficult to convey through spoken word. Some feelings and emotions are indescribable.
Fortunately, for these seemingly incommunicable sensations and experiences, we have art. In addition to acting as a method of communication, art therapy teaches patients to relax without the use of drugs or alcohol. Art in and of itself often proves extremely therapeutic, and we at The Hope Center for Rehabilitation believe in the healing properties of this creative medium. We promote recovery through creativity, and incorporate painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and other media of artistic expression in order to facilitate healing, self-discovery, and growth.
What is Art Therapy?
In art therapy, an individual uses his or her imagination and vision to convey emotions and experiences in a productive and healthy way. It is especially useful for those with underlying psychological issues that are directly related to chemical dependency disorders.
Because of the nonverbal nature of art therapy, individuals who experience difficulty in verbally expressing themselves are given the opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve any addiction-related issues that may be occurring in their lives – issues that an individual may not feel comfortable discussing in regular conversation. In many instances, art therapy will be conducted in a group atmosphere, allowing clients to share their artwork with peers who may relate on a deep level, helping clients to better understand each other’s experiences while growing closer communally.
Using Art Therapy In Treatment
The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “the use of artistic medium to further develop self-awareness, explore untapped emotions, control potentially erratic behaviors, foster the growth of social skills, improve self-esteem, and reduce both anxiety and depression.” It has proven especially beneficial in addiction recovery, as it has been shown to increase belief in the 12-step model of substance dependency treatment.
Many are apprehensive to engage in art therapy at first, believing that artistic talent is a necessary prerequisite. This is far from the truth, and art therapy has been proven highly successful for both those who have absolutely no formal training and for those who make their livings via creative outlets.
The truth is that art therapy has proven highly successful, and thus it has become an indispensable component of the treatment program at the Hope Center for Rehabilitation.
The Hope Center for Rehabilitation offers a full range of services both leading up to, during and following treatment, including professional interventions, a luxury, medically assisted detox program, inpatient rehabilitation (30-90 days), intensive out-patient rehabilitation and out-patient services. Each of our clients become a part of our alumni program at the completion of their treatment to help foster a continued community of recovery.