Holistic Treatment in Recovery: Art Therapy
More specialist addiction treatment centers are offering a holistic rehab approach to drug addiction, meaning that there are plenty of both traditional medical and complementary therapies and treatments now available for people in rehab. An increasingly popular alternative treatment for addiction is art therapy. Art therapy in rehab has been proven to be one of the most effective holistic treatments for addiction because it enables patients to express themselves using different media like drawing, painting, making collages and even graphic journals.
The main reason art therapy is so effective is because addicts are able to express themselves non-verbally. Very often, people become very withdrawn and isolated from those close to them when they are suffering from addiction illness. That’s why it’s important in rehab to encourage them to open up and communicate without any fear that they will be judged negatively by those listening. Often rehab is someone’s first opportunity to express themselves clearly and they may find it overwhelming, trying to find the words to adequately convey what they are thinking and feeling.
Using art as a method of putting thoughts and feelings into some kind of artistic form or representation provides another channel of communication in rehabilitation. It doesn’t matter if someone doesn’t have an innate talent for drawing because true art is about honest communication, which is something that someone with addiction issues needs to re-learn while in rehab. In essence, art therapy allows addicts to engage in an activity that helps them explore new outlets for them to deal with pent up frustrations and negative emotions.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction issues, please feel free to contact us in complete confidence at CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA. We offer programs with the holistic rehab approach to alcohol addiction that include complementary or holistic treatments such as art therapy. Art therapy has been proven to be effective in addiction treatment, particularly when used as part of a comprehensive treatment program. We offer alcohol and drug rehab in Orange County that is based on the individual needs and requirements of each and every patient we see. Contact us today to find out more about the holistic addiction treatments we offer and schedule your confidential consultation.
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