Monday, October 30, 2017

Zen Recovery Path :: Art Therapy :: Halloween

Author: Sifu Matt Carver

Expressive Pumpkins.
The Use of Art Therapy in the Addiction Treatment Process

Art therapy is a form of experiential therapy, an approach to recovery that addresses emotional and spiritual needs through creative or physical activity. It is not necessary to have a background in the arts or artistic talent to participate; individuals only need to be open to the experience and to engage actively to benefit from these sessions. Many clients find that art therapy is a relaxing and enjoyable way to address some of the more complex aspects of treatment. Creative activity provides a way to process some of the stressful emotions and anxieties that can emerge during treatment. Post treatment, activities like painting or drawing, can be used throughout the individual’s life as a way to express feelings, explore creativity, and reduce stress.

According to Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, clients can use artistic activities to uncover the feelings of guilt, unmanageability, or shame that led them to treatment. Zen Recovery Path therapists often use fluid media, like paint, to help clients experience the sensation of being out of control, which in turn helps them admit their need for sobriety.

In our most recent Art Therapy group session, the clients participated in a seasonal project to carve and paint a pumpkin that best suits their personality. Enjoy the gallery of photos.

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