Art Therapy

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.

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What is 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.

How Can Art Therapy Treat Addiction?

Art therapy might seem a little strange at first. After all, what does art have to do with addiction? But art seems to work with people of all ages, artistic skill levels, and lifestyles. We believe in doing what works, so we urge you to give art therapy a chance. Art therapy supplements traditional therapy in several ways. Those include:

  • Giving you something to share with other addicts. Art can be a communal undertaking. If you like art, you might even join a local art group, take art lessons, or otherwise continue your pursuit of art once you get sober.
  • New hobbies are encouraged, particularly when they help to distract you from alcohol and drug cravings.
  • Providing you with something to do. Research suggests that replacing a negative habit such as drinking with a positive habit is one of the simplest and healthiest ways to achieve lasting sobriety.
  • Providing an artistic outlet for difficult feelings. Drawing or painting something can help even more than just talking about it.
  • Helping you identify feelings you might have suppressed.
  • Helping you talk about painful emotions that you’re not yet ready to bring up in therapy.
  • Helping you understand how childhood trauma is linked to your addiction.

Art therapy: But I’m Not Artistic!

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.

What to Expect in Art Therapy

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 of your emotional state. So you should not feel self-conscious.

Art Therapy: Part of Holistic Addiction Care

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 Now Detox, 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!

In Network With Most Insurance

We understand the importance of accessibility and affordability, which is why we have partnered with several insurance companies to better service you. We accept most major insurance providers and private health insurance. Our team is available 24/7 to assist you in navigating your insurance coverage. If you don’t have insurance, we are here to help you understand the options available for you or a loved one.

Take the first step toward recovering from addiction by calling Future Now Detox at (866) 419-3899, or verify your insurance by clicking the button below. 

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