How Art Therapy Can Help Your Recovery

art therapyArt 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.

4 Holistic Therapies to Try

holistic therapiesWhen used in conjunction with traditional addiction treatment, holistic therapies have been proved to be very effective in addressing both the physical and psychological impact of addiction. In fact, more and more rehabs are embracing alternative treatments to help give clients the necessary skills to thrive during rehab and years after for lasting sobriety.

Here’s a look at a few – and how they can help your recovery:

Acupuncture: Some practitioners use auricular (ear) acupuncture in addition to whole-body acupuncture to target points on the ear associated with the nerves and organs that become damaged by prolonged substance abuse, including the liver, kidney, lung and nervous systems.

  • Balances and restores function to the body
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates withdrawal symptoms, pain and cravings
  • Combats insomnia

Art therapy: Drawing, painting and using other creative media, like sculpture, can increase self-awareness and help you to express emotions about your addiction and recovery.

  • Increases self-esteem
  • Allows you to express fears and emotions difficult to verbalize
  • Enhances communication skills
  • Enables you to process traumatic events
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Biofeedback: This mind-body technique is used to help individuals become more aware of how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors interact. Biofeedback trains clients to regulate their own unconscious bodily processes and better control their stress response.

  • Reduces headaches
  • Improves anxiety and depression
  • Lowers chronic and short-term pain
  • Helps treat insomnia
  • Improves heart health

Massage therapy: More and more research shines light on the benefits of therapeutic touch. Clients report feeling less anxious and better able to release negative thoughts and memories.

  • Improves circulation and rids body of toxins
  • Relieves  stress and anxiety
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases focus

Holistic Healing at Synergy
We encourage the use of many different holistic techniques, including acupuncture, art therapy, biofeedback and massage therapy, to help clients heal their mind, body and spirit. To learn more about our treatment center and our approach to addiction recovery, call today: 866-930-4673.

Why Acupuncture Works

acupuncture and addictionAcupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and yet controversy remains over whether it’s health impact is due to a mere placebo effect. A new study, published in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, shows that the tiny needles do in fact provide a real physical response and real pain relief. Researchers found that acupuncture causes the body to release nitric oxide, which increases blood flow and triggers the body to release natural anesthetics that can create warming or cooling sensations. 

Acupuncture and Addiction Treatment
In the addiction community, experts have long touted both the physical as well as the mental benefits of acupuncture – and throughout various stages of recovery. Indeed, this widely used ancient practice can be a powerful tool in your or your loved one’s recovery from a substance use disorder.

A few of the many benefits of using acupuncture as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan include:

  • Manages cravings
  • Rids body of harmful toxins
  • Helps manage symptoms of withdrawal
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Boosts your immunity
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Relieves headaches and pain
  • Enhances your overall sense of well-being

A Bit About Ear Acupuncture
Auricular (ear) acupuncture in addition to whole-body acupuncture is often used to treat points on the ear associated with the nerves and organs that become damaged with prolonged substance abuse, including:

  • the liver
  • kidney
  • lung
  • nervous systems

Call About Our Holistic Services in Florida
Acupuncture is only one small portion of our comprehensive holistic addiction treatment program at Synergy Group Services. Addiction is insidious and progressive so every reasonable tool and approach needs to be utilized in order to achieve successful treatment outcomes. We’ll help you choose the services that are best for you in order to create a truly customized addiction recovery experience. For more information, call today: 888-267-8070.

The Importance Of Weekly Progress Reports In Addiction Treatment

How many times do we hear from clients in treatment, that they are not getting their needs met by drug treatment center treating them? This can go both ways because when the addict first enters drug treatment their focus is usually on everything, but recovery. This is somewhat normal in the aspect that they are not thinking clearly. It also could be they are still going through detox and it’s very easy to defocus from the primary goal which is to stay focused on their treatment, and recover from their addiction.

As the client moves through the process of treatment there could very well be some validity to what they are saying, this needs to be monitored very closely. On one hand they could want to defocus, because the issues at hand are becoming very overwhelming, or it could be true. As a family member of an addict in drug treatment these are signs for you to be aware of.

What could be very beneficial in this process is a weekly progress report from the primary therapist at the drug rehab center. These progress updates will help keep the family informed as to the components of treatment being received by their family member.  There comes a point when the client just might be right, due to the treatment process they are now beginning to realize their own issues, on their own, which indicates a positive growth process.

The addict in treatment must trust their therapist. If your family member doesn’t trust the therapist, at any point in their treatment, this could be a red flag. If the client is constantly expressing his/her needs, this may very well be a good sign of growth, but could also be very stressful if these needs are not being met.  

As treatment professionals we are bound by ethics, and should always do what is best for the client, no matter what. Too many times in my own experiences I have seen these ethics compromised. As a treatment professional I question this. If we are not providing the services that the client needs, then who loses?

The client loses, and this is just not acceptable.


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Addiction Services: Sooner or Later

A wise man many years ago stated “don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.” One might interpret the meaning of this statement, especially in the world of addiction treatment, as to don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today because tomorrow might not come. Every month throughout the country people addicted to a variety of chemical substances and alcohol are dying by the thousands. Many of these tragedies could have been avoided if these people where receiving appropriate help and treatment for their alcohol and chemical addictions.

I can tell you from personal observation for many years that most people suffering from addictions of all kinds routinely are in denial about their need for treatment or if left up to their own decision making delay when they will start treatment for their addiction. Sadly for thousands of people with drug and alcohol addictions, tomorrow never came!

For those that have a loved one suffering from the disease of addiction a
sense of urgency must be implemented to accelerate the process and transition
of their loved one into treatment. Keep in mind ,sadly, we might not have the opportunity to accomplish this goal. All to often we hear the heartbreaking stories of families that were waiting for their loved ones to enter rehab and treatment and tomorrow never came because of overdose and death!

Families and loved ones do have options when dealing with these issues.
It is very apparent that in the treatment of addiction sooner is unquestionably better than later. The longer addictive behavior exists than more problems both mentally, medically and legally can exist. Families can stand strong together and insist upon treatment for a loved one. If this cannot be accomplished there are a number of wonderful, dedicated and experienced interventionists around the country. People skilled in preparing the stage for a love one suffering from addiction to enter into treatment. There are a number of terrific support groups ie.Nar-a-non that lend a helping hand with advice and support.

There are a number of great rehabs and treatment programs that can provide invaluable information and direction based on the needs of the individual. They have extensive networks of professionals and organizations that can help.

Regardless of how we, as family members, get our loved ones into rehab and treatment remember it is better to do it today, because there may not be a tomorrow.

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