What exactly is Art Therapy in Recovery?
Art therapy in recovery falls into a group of therapies called “experiential” or “expressive.” Experiential and expressive therapies are a different mode of treatment than talk therapy and may be beneficial to those individuals who can use a “break” from talking about their feelings to expressing them in a creative form.
Art therapy sessions were created to provide healthy alternatives to educational groups. Art Therapy groups should not be confused with taking an art class, as the participant does not have to be artistic or even like art. Instead, it can be seen as a tool for healing, connection to others, learning, using a different area of the brain, relaxation, enjoyment, meditation, personal growth, gaining confidence and introspection.
There are several different art and expressive therapies that someone may find at a treatment facility. These include:
- creative writing
Within each of these categories, they can be used towards specific treatment goals to create the desired outcome. The art therapist may also use a combination of any of the above to provide insight into a particular issue for recovery.