CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES
Creative Arts Therapies have been a successful modality for effectively treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders since the 1990s. Evidenced-based art therapy supports client in self-exploration, self-examination, recovery, and wholeness.
For many people with substance use disorders, the many problems caused by dependency and the effects of dependency raze self-esteem and self-efficacy and result in painful feelings of shame and guilt. Such feelings and experiences are often difficult for people to understand and articulate. Indeed, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and the creative arts therapies help clients put into words complex feelings and experiences. Such is the foundation of personal insight, and a critical step towards taking responsibility for one’s decisions and behaviors. Art therapy provides a venue for exploration and self-understanding, while offsetting client resistance, in a supportive and an uplifting environment.
In addition, and perhaps of even greater long-term significance, is the value of creating itself. Whether through painting, sculpting, drawing, collage making or other creative endeavors, clients have the opportunity to awaken and re-ignite their creative selves, providing an experience of joy and delight. For many clients with substance dependencies, life has offered too few opportunities for joy and positive self-discovery. Much of psychotherapy is hard work, and creative arts therapies offer an uplifting counter-balance that supports the client’s continued commitment to treatment and life goals.
Q Health promotes creative self-expression and growth in our on-site Centers for Creativity. Our Centers for Creativity provide a dedicated space staffed by expert creative arts therapists where clients can explore, create, and re-awaken their creative potential in a collaborative and an encouraging environment.