The pain of substance abuse can be so intense that words fail to describe an addict’s feelings. Some drug rehab clients, due to past trauma or other reasons, may struggle to communicate their thoughts and emotions. At American Addiction Centers, we offer expressive therapy. This innovative, cutting-edge counseling method helps recovering addicts access and communicate feelings too difficult to convey.
Clients express themselves through non-verbal activities that include:
- Art Therapy
- Dance Therapy
- Drama Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Writing Therapy
Expressive Therapy and Drug Rehab
Drug rehab center clients don’t have to be the next Pablo Picasso or Ernest Hemmingway — producing a work of art is not the goal. In expressive therapy, creating has its own value. Painting on a canvass, by itself, can promote healing. Creativity also often reveals deep, hidden truths about one’s own character. A 2007 study published in the Art Therapy journal, for example, found that substance abuse rehab clients who painted self-portraits demonstrated an improved ability to confront their addictive natures.
We often say in recovery that addiction is a family disease, and it turns out that the whole family can indeed benefit from expressive therapy. Another study published in Art Therapy – this one released in 2001 – found Kinetic Family Drawings were an effective diagnostic tool in treating children whose parents suffer from alcoholism. Sadly, when children of alcoholics drew their families during this exercise, they were more likely than average children to depict themselves as isolated or alone.
Clients in expressive therapy do not have to analyze their creations on their own — the final product is typically discussed with a therapist and possibly with peers in a group setting. Discussions are handled in a supportive, non-judgmental manner.
In an interview broadcast on New Dimensions Radio, Natalie Rogers, the founder and director of the Person Centered Expressive Therapy Institute, said expressive therapy is especially effective for those battling drug abuse or alcohol abuse. “One thing needed by the addicted person is to come to an understanding of who he or she could be when not dependent on these substances,” Rogers said. “These methods give people a vision, a sense of their own potential.”
Let American Addiction Centers introduce you to your potential in a caring, understanding environment that leads to real results. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find the best source for expressive therapy. We also offer many affordable self pay options for obtaining expressive therapy.