“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
Art is a powerful tool that allows people to creatively express their thoughts, emotions and ideas. For those recovering from substance abuse, art can be a therapeutic activity that allows them to express themselves in ways they can’t otherwise communicate.
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we leverage art therapy alongside our traditional, evidence-based treatments to help you work through trauma, stress and other feelings that have influenced your addiction.
How Art Therapy is Worked into Your Substance Abuse Treatment
Art therapy is more than just a mindless activity where you color an image within the lines. Taking part in artistic activities during addiction treatment helps to stimulate your mind, which puts your focus on the art instead of stresses you might be feeling.
You’ll participate in art therapy once a week during treatment where you’ll be introduced to new and creative art activities. The goal of each and every activity is to help you express your feelings, increase your self-awareness and improve your hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Art Therapy Helps with Trauma Recovery
Childhood trauma, domestic violence, sexual abuse and physical or emotional trauma can either lead to or reinforce a person’s addiction. In many cases, the trauma may be too difficult to talk about in traditional therapy sessions.
If you’re suffering from trauma or PTSD, you don’t have to be afraid to talk about what you’ve gone through. Art therapy can serve as another avenue to help you safely express your pain until you’re ready to work through it in a more open setting.
Heal from Addiction with Creative Art Therapy at Footprints
Art therapy provides an imaginative outlet for you to express your emotions and fears without having to do so in conventional ways. Through this experiential therapy, you’ll be able to decrease anxiety and trauma, improve concentration and grow your confidence in sobriety.