How Art Therapy Is a Healthy Outlet

It can often be difficult for some people to express themselves through words, so they may not benefit from traditional addiction therapy. However, art therapy encourages creativity in drawing, painting, sculpting and other platforms to help recovering addicts express themselves. People struggling with addiction, trauma or other emotional challenges can tangibly express their feelings when words or written language is not enough. Therapists who specialize in art therapy can then evaluate the expression to find ways that address the underlying struggles. Art therapy offers the following benefits to cocaine addicts:

  • Removes people from traditional therapy (where people may too closely guard their feelings and struggles) and allows them to be expressive
  • Allows patients to communicate with therapists non-verbally
  • Utilizes different mediums of art that patients may be unfamiliar with, which encourages addicts to relinquish control over their abilities. This benefit also allows patients to focus on their feelings rather than their art.
  • Expresses mood, which can help therapists track a patient’s progress as treatment continues
  • Allows recovering addicts to discover their inner selves and to become more aware about their own abilities, needs and wants
  • Allows recovering addicts to relieve stress
  • As creative expression progresses, recovering addicts will become more comfortable talking about their emotions
  • Art can bring about a sense of fulfillment and empowerment that a recovering addict may have never experienced before

As a recovering addict becomes more involved with art therapy, her unconscious or suppressed emotions begin to present themselves in ways that traditional talk therapy could not achieve. As suppressed feelings arise through art, therapists can identify emotional roadblocks to recovery. Art also sparks people’s imagination, a healthy tool of recovery. Recovery and the ability to resist relapse will seem attainable as people become more comfortable with their emotions.

Art therapy treats addiction and mood disorders, because colors, shapes, motions and even line boldness all depend upon subconscious emotions. When an art therapist examines artwork, they can quickly determine some of the underlying emotions that the artist struggles with. As underlying emotions present themselves to a therapist, the patient can experience relief from his guarded feelings.

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