At Horizon Rehab Center, we believe that addiction is best treated from many different angles and modalities, not just counseling. Part of our holistic model, therefore, includes art therapy, which helps clients approach their feelings in an indirect and non-threatening way that can also be enjoyable and creative. With gentle guidance from a trained art therapist, people suffering from addiction as well as trauma can make progress on their journey to wellness.
There are many benefits to art therapy, not the least of which is the pride and sense of satisfaction that comes from the creative process. Through art therapy, often unconscious beliefs and feelings can be revealed and seen where traditional talk therapy falls short. The creative process also induces relaxation and allows self-reflection. The following are other benefits of art therapy:
Reducing stress and anxiety: Creating art can be a relaxing and calming activity, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Improving self-esteem and self-awareness: Creating art can be a way to explore and express one's feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This can help individuals to better understand themselves and their emotions and can lead to increased self-esteem and self-awareness.
Promoting emotional regulation: Art therapy can help individuals to better manage their emotions, especially those who have difficulty regulating their emotions or have experienced trauma.
Increasing social skills: Art therapy can be a way to build and strengthen social connections, as individuals may work on projects and share their art with others in the group.
Providing a sense of accomplishment: Creating art can be a satisfying and fulfilling experience, and individuals may feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work.
Drawing and painting: These are some of the most common activities used in art therapy. Participants may use a variety of materials, such as pencils, markers, and paints, to create two-dimensional artwork.
Sculpture and collage: These actities involve creating three-dimensional artworks using materials such as clay, papier-mache, or found objects.
Photography and videography: These techniques involve using cameras to capture images or video, which can then be used as a basis for discussion and exploration.
Music and drama: These activities may be used as a means of expression and communication in art therapy.
Expressive Art therapy can be conducted individually or in a group setting. It may be offered in a variety of environments. Here at Horizon Rehab Center, we take great pride in our multidisciplinary team who have extensive experience in various types of therapy, including art therapy.