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Art Therapy

Art Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment

The creative activities in art therapy help to cope with the stressful emotions and anxieties that can emerge during detox treatment. According to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), art therapy is a mental health modality that can help individuals withstand withdrawal symptoms. It allows individuals to communicate their feelings through non-destructive means. Patients can express how they feel through their artwork since some things are initially too painful to communicate through words. Art Therapy helps to relieve frustration, anxiety, and depression. It boosts self-esteem, helps patients manage their addiction, and cope with recovery. Art is interpretive; there is nothing you have to do, write or create to be a part of this energetic transformation.

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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy provides a platform where clients can express feelings through multidisciplinary methods. Art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in distinct ways from verbal articulation alone. There is no right or wrong way to make art, and you don’t need to be labeled as “creative” to participate in art therapy sessions. The best part about art therapy is there is no pressure, and you’re not creating the art for anyone but yourself.

How Art Therapy Works

From elevating your moods to relieving stress, depression, anxiety, and frustration, art creates an everlasting impact on every walk of our life. Art therapy is a robust, creative treatment methodology that synchronizes your thoughts and actions, helping combat substance abuse. It allows individuals to efficiently express their emotions and carefully integrate symbolic and visual expressions to convey their insights and intuitions. Unlike verbal articulation, art therapy explores the unspoken human emotions to help patients communicate painful and disturbing feelings with their therapists seamlessly. As art therapy breaks verbal communication barriers, it is beneficial to speed up the addiction recovery process. Art therapy also allows you to gain different perspectives and approach problems in new ways.

Benefits of Art Therapy for  Addiction Treatment

Art therapy is facilitated by a licensed art therapist and is an effective holistic therapy where you can relieve stress and positively express your emotions.

At Avatar, we employ different art therapy techniques and art therapy ideas for substance abuse that play a unique role in promoting mental wellness. Many clients do not feel comfortable addressing their issues in group therapy or individual sessions. Art therapy focuses on healing by unlocking the deep-seated emotions of individuals suffering from drug addiction.

Some of the significant benefits of art therapy at our residential treatment center include:

  • Stress relief

  • Improved natural production of dopamine

  • Initiation of Self-discovery

  • Improved Self-esteem

  • Behavior adjustment

  • Regulation of emotions and impulses

Art Therapy Programs at Avatar

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At Avatar Alcohol & Drugs Recovery Center, we have various creative art therapy programs, such as painting, drawing, poetry, writing, pottery, dance, visual arts, expressive arts, etc. Therapists facilitate these art therapy activities to provide clients a creative outlet. It is highly beneficial for clients with underlying mental health issues and a history of trauma. Our holistic treatment plan includes three proven art therapy techniques while creating the road to addiction recovery.

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