Some of the greatest minds of history have turned their pain into art. Van Gogh famously cut off his own ear. You don’t have to be a Van Gogh to gain from art therapy. Indeed, you don’t have to have any experience with art at all. Art therapy can be a powerful tool for fighting addiction. We incorporate it into our holistic, comprehensive treatment program to offer you the best possible chance of sobriety. Here’s what you can expect from art therapy.
In traditional therapy, you talk about your thoughts and feelings. But not all thoughts and feelings are easy to articulate. You might not even be consciously aware of everything that’s going on in the crevices of your mind. That’s where art therapy comes in. It provides a way to express that which you might not be able to express verbally—and possibly that which you might not even be aware of.
People who struggle to express themselves, who feel intense shame, or who are not sure why they are addicts often thrive with art therapy.
Art therapy supplements traditional therapy in several ways. Those include:
Art therapy might seem a little strange at first. After all, what does art have to do with addiction? But art has been tested with people of all ages, artistic skill levels, and lifestyles. Research consistently shows that it works. We believe in doing what works, so we urge you to give art therapy a chance.
One of the lies our society has convinced us to believe is that we have to be good at everything. This perfectionism can even fuel addiction. You don’t have to be artistic to benefit from art therapy. You don’t even have to have ever done any art at all. Art is an outlet, not a chance to show off.
What’s more, you might surprise yourself. By giving up a fixation on doing “good” art, you might actually realize that you are indeed artistic. This realization of a new skill can boost self-esteem, helping to fuel a healthy walk to sobriety.
Of course, no one has to do art therapy. Some people don’t like art. Yet we’ve found that getting outside of your comfort zone offers innumerable rewards. Picking up the paintbrush just might be an unanticipated path to a better life.
Art therapy doesn’t mean taking art classes, and it certainly doesn’t require you to subject your art to the judgment of others. We’ll work with you to find the right strategy. In most cases, you’ll talk about your feelings while engaged in art such as painting or drawing. Your therapist might also give you homework assignments. These art projects can help you think about your feelings in new ways. You might, for example, find that much of your art involves fires. This could provide a clue to your emotions that discussion does not offer.
Your therapist will never judge your art or your feelings. Your art is merely a tool for better understanding your emotional state. So you should never feel self-conscious.
Treating addiction can feel like a game of whack-a-mole. Treat one problem—a troubled relationship, for example—and watch another one spring up in its place. At Future Detox Now, we prefer a comprehensive approach. We know that every addict is unique and that no single approach can work for everyone. By combining several holistic, evidence-based modalities, we offer our clients the best possible chance at sobriety.
At Future Detox Now, you’ll work with a treatment team that listens to your needs and goals, then works with you to craft a customized treatment plan. We integrate therapy, nutritional coaching, chiropractic care, lifestyle changes, group support, and much more. We know that addiction is hard. We know that getting sober may be the fight of your life. We take great pride in providing you with the best possible chance of lasting sobriety. In a safe, relaxing environment that blends luxury and comprehensive treatment, you’ll begin your journey toward a better and more fulfilling life—free of drugs, alcohol, and addiction.
You don’t have to go it alone. You don’t have to know all the answers. You just have to ask for help. If you’re ready for a different way forward, we’re ready to help. Call us and begin your new life today!