What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of meditative and expressive therapy that has been around for decades. It continues to grow in popularity as it assists individuals in expressing their thoughts and feelings. Expression through art helps people explore, understand, & resolve issues they may not be able to address using words alone.
Art is often a nonverbal process and sometimes the only way an individual can convey ideas or emotions. Art therapy provides people with the opportunity to explore their inner thoughts without feeling confined to using words — a valuable service for any person with issues that are too painful to discuss out loud.
There are many different art programs that therapists can use at any stage throughout the healing process — from children up through adulthood.
Conditions Art Therapy Benefits
Art Therapy and Addiction Treatment
When someone suffers from an addiction, they must be treated for their symptoms and the underlying trauma and pain. Substance use disorders are often co-occurring with other mental health conditions, such as depression. To heal each condition more effectively, therapists observe patterns and treat each condition individually, focusing on the root cause of how these conditions developed initially.
The use of creative arts therapy by art therapists in their sessions allows patients to learn more about themselves and identify areas in need of growth. The feelings of guilt, blame, denial, depression, and obsession fall into the background, presenting the opportunity to live “in the now” and understand that substances are not the only means to peace or joy. The added support of an art therapist, in addition to other more traditional treatment methods, can improve the overall recovery experience, create motivation, and decrease the chance of relapse; it may even help a person discover a new passion they never knew they had.
Silicon Valley Recovery’s professionally designed programs balance physical recovery and mental health with access to resources that help people confront their behaviors without being harshly judged or mistreated.
The skills learned through the programs at Silicon Valley Recovery will prepare you for a healthy lifestyle outside the program and equip you with the tools needed to handle cravings and minimize the chance of relapsing.