ART THERAPY GROUP
In our addiction, we all wear multiple masks. These masks served a purpose during our active addiction, but in our new life in sobriety, we no longer need to hide our true selves. Discovering our true identity and removing these masks are crucial aspects of the recovery process. Art therapy encourages clients to tear down the walls they have built that have prevented them from being in touch with who they really are. Our clients are much more than just alcoholics and addicts, but often times, they have difficulty recognizing themselves without drugs and alcohol in their life. For a person recovering from addiction, art therapy promotes a new type of communication. It can be used as a tool for self-reflection and getting in touch with one’s authentic self, which assists in the recovery journey.
Some of the proven benefits of art therapy include:
- Exploring and expressing feelings
- Reducing anxiety
- Managing addiction and other destructive behaviors
- Increasing self-esteem
- Promoting self-expression
- Fostering self-awareness
- Improving a client’s sense of personal well-being
- Reconciling emotional conflicts
- Encouraging a spiritual connection
- Resolving past trauma
- Developing healthy coping tools
Art therapy is an effective treatment modality for anyone experiencing any type of emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual struggle. Art therapy sessions and assignments can be either specific or open-ended, but always encourage the client to freely express whatever emotions or topics he/she is currently experiencing. Through viewing one’s own creation, a client can improve the skills of self-observation and self-awareness. Certain themes or metaphors may continue to appear, bringing unconscious material to the conscious mind. Thus, art therapy can serve as an important tool for determining what topics may be best addressed in individual or group therapy.
The creative arts provide an opportunity to get in touch with our inner selves and perhaps even a Higher Power. Art therapy offers a form of expression for difficult feelings and emotions that are not easily identified or put into words. Expressive therapies build self-esteem, while also introducing new adaptive coping mechanisms without the use of drugs and alcohol.
Art therapy is also meant to be enjoyable! Some clients may use art to get in touch with their inner child — an important aspect of themselves that they may have lost connection with over the course of active addiction. Many clients look forward to art therapy sessions, finding that it reduces anxiety and reminds them that life can be enjoyable again. The atmosphere in art therapy sessions differ from other group and individual therapy, providing a space for clients to interact with each other through the art they are producing.
The goals of our art therapy groups at Recovery Advocates Treatment Center are to promote self-confidence, build self-esteem, and encourage clients to reclaim their lives from drugs and alcohol. At Recovery Advocates Treatment Center, we believe that including both traditional psychotherapies and experiential therapies to treat substance abuse provides a well-rounded, effective treatment program for each unique client.
Call Recovery Advocates Treatment Center’s confidential 24/7 helpline at 844.723.9256 today — let us advocate from your recovery.