Throughout the years, traditional treatments have taken precedent when considering addiction recovery. A large focus has been placed on the physical association individuals experience to drugs and alcohol.

However, here at Asana Lodge, we’ve always favoured a mixture of addiction treatments, including non-traditional methods. This is down to the significant psychological and emotional factors linked to both addiction and mental health conditions. With this in mind, we are passionate about recommending treatment options, such as art therapy, offering sought-after therapeutic benefits.

Although art therapy may not be offered across the rehabilitation spectrum, it can promote a depth of addiction recovery for a number of clients. Therapeutic therapies work especially for individuals with strong emotional problems, leading to addiction and mental health conditions. As a result of this, it is important that a variety of different routes are available to provide personalised treatment plans.

If you’re currently experiencing a drug and alcohol addiction, and/or mental health issues, feel free to contact our team today. We will complete an initial evaluation, deciding whether art therapy is suitable for your treatment programme.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a non-traditional treatment option, available through rehab centres, like ours here at Asana Lodge. Available in many different forms, art therapy allows recovering addicts and mental health clients express their emotions and experiences in a tangible form. It promotes creativity, expression and acknowledgment, helping to ease the addiction recovery process.

It is imperative to remember that all individuals are different. All clients will express themselves differently, where some will struggle to verbally share their struggles with drugs and alcohol. Likewise, some individuals will avoid promoting their mood disorders or challenges with their mental health. Through art therapy, an alternative avenue to source support is available, while releasing those contained emotions.

Art therapy can take place through painting and drawing, writing and poetry, dance, sculpting and pottery. All forms allow clients to relax and feel comfortable, while providing them with a positive coping mechanism through rehab.

If you’re currently struggling with substance abuse or a mental health condition, with the hope of achieving recovery, it is important that you remain open and committed to alternative treatments, including art therapy.

What are the benefits of art therapy?

For individuals working towards mental health and addiction recovery, there are many benefits of experiencing art therapy.

Helps recovering individuals open up

Firstly, it is important to remember that some individuals will struggle to open up about their addiction or mental health condition, especially in support group environments. Social and interactive treatment options are critical, to ensure that holistic healing is probable. Through art, an alternative route to social therapies is available, while boosting comfort. The aim of art therapy is to help individuals open up and share their concerns/ experiences linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

Provides critical addiction treatment

All clients are different when considering rehab. Art therapy may fall as a critical addiction treatment option for a proportion of individuals. This will especially be the case for those with strong emotional associations to substance abuse.

Offers a degree of support

As mentioned above, social support is vital when looking to achieve addiction recovery. Art therapy offers a degree of support, from other substance abusers and art therapists. This can provide a different dynamic to addiction recovery.

Offers a distraction or coping mechanism

Many individuals use drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. This is where addiction and/or mental health issues develop, requiring critical treatment. Art therapy can offer a distraction or a health coping mechanism to utilise through rehab and post-rehab life.

Helps to identify underlying triggers

Alongside helping clients express their experiences with drugs and alcohol, art therapy can also motivate the identification of underlying triggers. Some clients will struggle to acknowledge a causation, fuelling drug and alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Art can help clients uncover the underlying influence, motivating reliance.

Effective for mental health support

Mental health recovery is vital throughout rehab. Art therapy offers a relaxing distraction, helping to improve calmness and balance. It is a great starting point to improve positive outlooks on addiction recovery.

Art therapy is a great starting point for clients who are struggling to acknowledge and communicate their experiences with drugs and alcohol. Through a range of forms, including gestalt method, active imagination and third hand, our art therapists will look to work through emotional issues, commonly leading to talking therapies.

Complimenting treatment options

Alongside art therapy, it is important that complimenting treatment options are activated across rehab. Unfortunately, a singular treatment option will not motivate addiction recovery. However, art will act as an effective therapeutic treatment option.

To promote greater psychological healing, treatment options such as group counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy will be beneficial. Similar to art therapy, this degree of treatment will offer a strong support network, recovery accountability and the ability to express emotions related to drug and alcohol abuse. Likewise, it will provide the opportunity to work through the negative influences, fuelling mental health issues.

Please be aware that complementing treatment options are a must to motivate comprehensive recovery. However, it is important to remain open and committed to a diverse range of treatment options. Treatment plans will vary from person to person, depending on requirements and severity of associated conditions.

Our approach to addiction treatment here at Asana Lodge

Here at Asana Lodge, we follow a non-traditional approach to addiction treatment. With vast knowledge that addiction and mental health issues impact all individuals differently, we prioritise brain evaluations. This approach ensures that a full diagnosis is present, resulting in effective treatment options.

With this in mind, to gauge whether art therapy is appropriate, evaluations of biological, social, psychological and spiritual impacts will be made. This measurement, along with brain functioning will provide details regarding the degree of addiction treatment required.

If you’re keen to recover from a drug and alcohol addiction, and/or mental health issues, get in touch with our team today. We can complete an initial evaluation to gauge which therapy is suitable for you, motivating addiction recovery.