Arbor Behavioral Health Care is proud to offer this exciting, new treatment method for battling drug and alcohol addiction. Facilitated by Master’s level clinicians, art therapy uses the visual arts and creative process to improve the psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions of the individual.

Participants actively engage the mind, body and spirit in a way not possible with verbal communication alone. It is action-oriented and experience-based, allowing the individual to uncover feelings and thoughts that lead to addiction, as well as a way to deal with them safely. Thus art therapy is a beneficial part of a treatment plan.

What exactly is art therapy?

Kindness Rocks - Art Therapy project done at The ArborArt therapy is exactly what it sounds like – using the arts to help people resolve inner conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.  Various art forms are used including:
  • Visual arts such as painting or drawing,
  • Written arts such writing poetry or short stories, or
  • Performing arts such as music, writing poetry or performing in plays.

Arbor Behavioral Health Care is proud to offer this exciting, new treatment method for battling drug and alcohol addiction. Facilitated by Master’s level clinicians, art therapy uses the visual arts and creative process to improve the psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions of the individual.

Participants actively engage the mind, body and spirit in a way not possible with verbal communication alone. It is action-oriented and experience-based, allowing the individual to uncover feelings and thoughts that lead to addiction, as well as a way to deal with them safely. Thus art therapy is a beneficial part of a treatment plan1.

How does art therapy help addiction recovery?

Art therapy allows the person the opportunity to look inside themselves and contemplate the nature and causes of their addiction.  This helps in various ways as well as may uncover why they suffer from addiction. More importantly, participation in the arts is a healthy outlet for dealing with the emotions in which their addiction is rooted.

Participation in the arts is also a very effective stress reliever. Many times people turn to drugs or alcohol with the intent of “taking the edge off” for an hour or two. Then an hour becomes a day, a day becomes a week, and the next thing they know they’re facing a full-blown addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Art therapies are also increasingly seen as an effective type of group therapy. Traditional group therapy involves participants sitting in a circle, sharing feelings and ideas. Art therapy lets people communicate in a non-verbal manner, something which may be completely foreign to someone who is battling an addiction.

Art therapy is also commonly used with families as it can uncover issues within the family that cause or perpetuate an addiction.  Participation in art therapy is generally considered safe and offers a great way to build trust. This can form the basis of the necessary support system that an addict will need throughout their addiction treatment.

The team at The Arbor is proud to be able to offer leading edge treatment options that help individuals battle alcohol or drug addiction and improve their mental health. Art therapy is just one of the many ways to battle an addiction and get back on track to a healthy, normal life.

References:
1ArtTherapy.org

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