Art Therapy in Recovery

art therapy

Like music, art is very subjective, making it unique to each individual. Experiencing art is personal, and different pieces or styles of art elicit different responses, depending on the person. The practices of tapping into creativity and connecting to emotions in the present moment through art can be therapeutic, especially for those recovering from mental health and/or substance use disorders.


Art Is Expressive 


Expressing yourself can be difficult. If you are the type of person who internalizes emotions, this can easily result in your being a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Learning to be more outward about your emotions and communicate how you are feeling is imperative to your recovery. Art can help release energy and express emotions in a healthy way. It teaches us to channel them into something positive. Focusing energy on creativity can create the space necessary to identify what you are feeling. This, in turn, allows you to communicate effectively. 


Art Helps Childhood Trauma 


Art can help you connect to childhood trauma as a means of beginning the work necessary to move past the experience. By engaging in an activity that requires the presence of mind, people are able to connect to the feelings that come up when talking about traumatic experiences. The practice of artistic expression can create a feeling of safety and support that allows suppressed memories to surface, further supporting healing. Art also tells a story and it can be much easier to share an experience visually than verbally. 


Seeking Support in Your Recovery


Regardless of your chosen form of therapy, learning to cope with your emotions is essential if you want to maintain long-term recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. Unfortunately, emotions don’t just go away no matter how hard you try to suppress them. Not to mention the fact that hiding from emotions often leads to relapse. Therefore, it’s important to learn healthy ways to cope when uncomfortable feelings arise. 


At Avalon Malibu, we offer support to those who are struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders. We know how scary it can seem to begin feeling again, and we are committed to providing a safe space in which you can learn to practice healthy coping skills that will allow you to work through your emotions as a means of maintaining long-term sobriety. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. We are here to help. Call us today for more information at (844) 857-5992.

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