Not a lot of people are comfortable with talking about their feelings to a complete stranger. This is particularly true about people who become alcohol or drug dependent. The problem with this is that in order for a person to fully recover from their addiction, counselors and therapists need to know the root cause that pushed the patient to become alcohol or drug dependent. The best approach for rehab patients who have trouble expressing their inner feelings is to combine art therapy and addiction treatment.
Art therapy does not only pertain to paint and brushes. It also includes the art of dance, music, writing, sculpting, and acting. Rehab patients will be allowed to choose which art they would be most comfortable participating in and each field has its own specialized therapist who will interpret the results. The principle behind art therapy is help the patient get in touch with his or her innermost feelings so that the therapist would be able to figure out what aspects of the patient’s life needs to be worked on to ensure full recovery from their addiction. Through art, the patient will be able to express the feelings that he or she has trouble putting into words. The therapist will then interpret these expressions and work with the patient on how to welcome inner healing which will then result to the holistic recovery of an addict.
This form of therapy also includes the participation of the patient’s family later on in the program. Families will be asked to work together as a team in an art project to help in rebuilding and strengthening their ties as a family. Strong family bonds are very important for the complete recovery of a person who was once alcohol or drug dependent because they will serve as the primary support group when their loved one is out of rehab. Also, it will also enable other family members to heal and move on from the terrible experience of having a substance abuser within the family. The healing of the entire family is vital to ensuring that the patient is able to recover fully from his or her addiction because they will be able to rebuild relationships that were severed during their dark days.
When looking for a drug rehab center that offers art therapy and addiction recovery programs, it is important that you look into the credentials of the facility. Specialized training in art therapy is important to ensure that the process will be facilitated well by the counselors and therapists that you will be working with throughout your stay in rehab. It is also important that the facility you choose also offer the art that you are interested in so that you will be comfortable during the sessions and it will also give you a chance to work on your skills. But the most important thing to ensuring a full recovery from alcohol or drug dependency is your commitment and dedication to live a sober life for yourself and the people around you.