Recovering from substance abuse involves much more than just clearing drugs or alcohol from your body. Addiction of any kind is a complex disease involving the brain and body. It creates a compulsory need for something despite its negative consequences.
The number of people struggling with substance abuse in the United States is staggering. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) approximately 1 in 5 American adults (aged 12 and older)—or 19.7 million—struggled with a substance abuse addiction in 2017.
What is art therapy for addiction?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that encourages self-expression through painting, drawing, sculpting, or building. It is often used as a therapeutic tool to aid diagnosis. Art helps everyone manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem in addition to many other mental health benefits.
Art therapy for addiction and substance abuse disorders was first introduced in the 1950s. It is widely used as a complementary and alternative medical treatment to help people overcome addiction. It is a non-confrontational approach for helping individuals acknowledge their addiction, accept medical intervention, discuss their feelings, and lessen any embarrassment or shame they may feel about their disorder.
Benefits of art therapy for substance abuse
The benefits if art therapy for addiction include:
- Resolving emotional conflicts
- Building self-esteem
- Encouraging self-awareness
- Reducing anxiety
- Developing social skills
If you or a loved one is in need of a compassionate, effective, and individualized treatment program, call Alpine Recovery Lodge in Alpine, Utah at 877-415-4060. There is hope, there is help, and there is recovery. And you don’t have to do it alone.