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Art Therapy

The use of the arts as a form of treatment particularly among people suffering from mental health disorders has long been in existence. However, art therapy as a therapeutic approach to aid individuals suffering from substance use disorder is relatively new but is steadily gaining popularity through the years because of its favorable effects.

Here, at Chiron, we make sure that we provide various treatment methods to ensure that we have something to offer that would benefit every patient, such as art therapy. This kind of therapeutic intervention is one of our many holistic programs that assist our clients in improving their emotional and psychological well-being without having to resort to conventional treatment methods.

Art Therapy

What are the Techniques Used in Art Therapy?

Most clients find art therapy appealing primarily because it is interesting and non-threatening. Other therapeutic interventions require the patients to verbalize their thoughts and feelings which can be stressful and intimidating especially to those who have social issues.

Art therapy provides clients more freedom of expression considering that it is not limited to drawing or sketching alone, but also include the following:

  • Doodling
  • Scribbling
  • Painting
  • Finger painting
  • Carving
  • Sculpting
  • Using modeling clay
  • Using fabrics
  • Pottery making
  • Card making
  • Collage making

Apart from the many technique options, patients opt to participate in art therapy sessions because the setting is informal and inviting. Furthermore, they experience more freedom as they are practically in control of what they want to do.

Ultimately, the goal of an art therapy session is to let the patient create something that is most meaningful and personal to him, a piece that would assist the patient and the therapist to get a glimpse of what is really going inside the patient’s heart and mind. It is important to point out that the patients in art therapy are not expected to create arts and crafts for display or as a giveaway, which is why this kind of therapeutic approach is suitable for everyone, even those who have no artistic inclination or background.

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What are the Benefits of Art Therapy for Patients Suffering from Addiction?

Many studies support that following benefits that art therapy provides to patients suffering from substance abuse disorder especially after a significant number of sessions have already been completed:

  • It helps patients who are having a hard time putting into words what they think and feel to express themselves freely by means of art.
  • It provides an avenue for patients to express their strengths and sincerity.
  • It facilitates better self-understanding and self-observation, particularly when patients are made to focus on their finished artwork.
  • It helps patients feel more relaxed and engaged in the treatment program since art therapy is active, fun, and stimulating.
  • It helps activate all the patient’s brain functions which can result to the unification of various processes (sensory, cognitive, and emotional).
  • It brings to the surface the hidden thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the patient – even those that are completely unknown to the client.
  • It provides calming and relaxing effects which help in reducing stress and anxiety.
  • It helps the therapist know more about the life story of the patients which can serve as vital input to providing more effective treatment.

While art therapy provides outstanding benefits to expedite the recovery of a substance abuser, it should not be accepted as a standalone solution especially if the patient is exhibiting other more serious symptoms. In such cases, art therapy should serve as a support to other treatment options like medication and other forms of psychotherapy. Every patient case is unique. That is why our rehabilitation and treatment programs, here in Chiron, are suited to the specific needs and condition of every client.

How to Get Help?

Given all the information above, it Is evident that art therapy is one of the most effective methods to unearth deeply-embedded emotions, experiences, and issues that contribute or led to the worsening of the patient’s addiction. If you know someone who is suffering from substance abuse disorder who is interested in a holistic approach to treatment intervention, such as art therapy, we, at Chiron, has a team of specialists who has been helping patients for years using this method. Get in touch with us today for more information.

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