How Art Therapy Can Help Your Recovery
Art therapy, which began in the 1940s, is much more than just drawing a pretty picture; it’s becoming an integral part of the counseling and support services in many rehabs across the country.
The American Art Therapy association defines art therapy as “a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”
By drawing, painting and using other creative media, like sculpture, art therapy can play a powerful role in your long-term sobriety. Addiction recovery comes with a wide-range of emotions, which are often difficult to understand and process. Art therapy can help you express these feelings in artistic ways. For example, drawing a picture of your family may help to get in touch with the emotions related to your family.
Art therapy can also help you to:
- Resolve conflicts
- Manage problematic behaviors
- Reduce negative stress and anxiety
- Achieve personal insight
- Increase self-esteem
- Improve interpersonal skills
- Express fears and emotions (conscious and unconscious) difficult to verbalize
- Process traumatic events
- Find inner peace
Plus, even if you’re not a good artist, you can reap the benefits while learning to stay in the moment and find joy in the process of art making.
Holistic Healing at Synergy
We are highly regarded in the addiction treatment community for our ability to help heal the body, mind, and spirit, which are all impacted by the disease of addiction. To this end, we offer our clients a variety of holistic therapies, including art therapy. To learn more about our treatment center and our approach to addiction recovery, call today: 888-267-8070.