Art therapy is a type of expressive therapy which utilizes artistic expression to process thoughts and feelings. It’s especially useful for people in addiction treatment. Art for Recovery allows each client an avenue of self expression and helps clients learn how to better express themselves in a safe environment. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Our Art therapy program provides 3 benefits over other forms of counseling and coaching therapies, as follows:
- Art therapy offers a safe alternative to communicate feelings without using conversational methods. It bypasses verbal defense mechanisms and implements therapy from a unique approach. Patients explore powerlessness through non-verbal activity, encouraging them to use the creative process to externalize what it feels like to be out of control in active addiction. This helps remove shame and guilt by seeing the disease as something separate of self.
- Art, and other expressive therapies, offer a creative outlet to express a wide range of emotions as well as providing a cathartic experience for patients. It helps boost self-esteem by providing a sense of accomplishment, especially for clients with self-criticism, judgement and shame issues. Art for Recovery provides something tangible for a patient to walk away with while being connected with their body and mind.
- The setting for Art for Recovery at TruVida Recovery is an open-minded and relaxed environment for patients to express themselves. This helps make art approachable for everyone who is willing to try it. For those new to the creative process, art therapy teaches them a skill and provides a sense of accomplishment, especially for cleints with a lot of self-criticism and shame.
Art therapy has proven to work wonders in many people’s lives. It can help someone express themselves, explore their emotions, manage addictions, and improve their self-esteem. At Truvida Recovery we aspire to provide the most empowering experiencing in self discovery and a wide range of different avenues towards self discovery and recovery.