Art Therapy And Addiction:
How The Arts Can Help Recovery
Written By: Patricia Sarmiento
Art and music have long been used in the fight against various physical and mental health disorders, for many reasons; the arts have a way of creating relaxation and easing anxiety and stress, making them the perfect way to heal after experiencing a traumatic event.
They also allow an individual to release negative or painful feelings and express them in a healthy way, which means they’re also perfect for those in recovery to start healing.
While there are many different types of recovery methods, art and music therapy have shown great success over the years because they are activities that can be done for extended periods of time, allowing the individual to create a hobby that allows them freedom of expression.
Also, because there are so many ways to get creative–from cooking and baking to dancing and painting–one can move from activity to activity and prevent boredom from cutting in.
Keep reading for more on how the arts can help with recovery.
Hobbies That Feed The Soul
Playing an instrument, making visual art, dancing, or writing poetry are just a few of the ways you can get creative, and it’s important to find one (or two) that make you feel good. Whether they boost your confidence or just help you ease stress, artistic hobbies can help you feel stronger and healthier when done right.
For many people, this means creating a space devoted specifically to that activity. Everyone deserves to have their own space for their passion project, be it a crafting station or simply a place to journal.
Look around your home with a creative eye, and you’ll realize that much of what you need to create your ideal hobby workshop is already nearby and can be easily converted.
Here are some great tips on how to make a space in your home for being creative.
Getting creative can help you gain insight into the feelings associated with addiction, from the pain that substances numb to the feelings of guilt an individual might have afterward.
Expressing those feelings and learning from them can help you move on and prevent relapse, something many people battling addiction struggle with. Talk to your doctor or therapist about the best ways to get started with creativity as a way to learn more about your addiction.
Cope With Your Emotions
Coping with your emotions can be difficult, especially if you have a history of abuse and using substances was a way of handling your feelings.
In conjunction with talk therapy with a trained counselor or therapist, art or music therapy can help you cope with your emotions in a healthy way and will allow you to make them materialize through the activity rather than verbalizing it, which can be difficult.
Art and music are great ways to get social, something that many people in recovery have a hard time with. Whether you want to take a painting class or learn to play an instrument with a group, getting creative with other people allows you to form a bond and helps you make new connections with others.
It can also help you stay motivated to continue being creative if you can do it with like-minded people.
Art and music therapy have helped millions of people all over the world as they heal from addiction, anxiety, and depression. How you choose to get started depends on what your specific needs are, so it’s important to talk to your doctor first before making any big decisions.
With a good plan, you can start healing and facilitate your recovery at the same time.
By: Patricia Sarmiento