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Art Therapy

Art is a powerful means of capturing and expressing human emotions and experiences. When a person is struggling with addiction and/or mental health disorders, unlocking creativity through artistic expression can be an excellent way to process and cope with complex and difficult feelings.

Art therapy is a unique and effective tool for addiction treatment. It may involve visual arts like drawing, painting, coloring, sculpting, and collage, or other types of creative expression like music, dance, and creative writing. At Del Arroyo Recovery Center in Los Angeles County, Southern California, we regularly use this creative process alongside other therapy modalities.

Why Is Art Therapy Important?

Our art therapy in Los Angeles is a valuable tool for a number of reasons:

  • It’s a natural part of the human experience and an outlet for energy and feelings that might otherwise go toward unhealthy behaviors.
  • Drawing as therapy helps individuals illustrate and process complex trauma, loss, and other negative experiences.
  • It gives people who struggle to articulate things a way to communicate through artistic expression.
  • Unlocking creativity allows people to explore new interests and develop healthy hobbies for the future.
  • The creative process can help a person achieve a calm, focused state of “flow,” providing stress relief and boosting mood.
  • It is a perfect complement to other treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • It may help ease uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal and mental conditions.
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Who Can Art Therapy Help?

In art therapy, it doesn’t matter whether you’re “good” at art or even consider yourself a very creative person. The important part of this type of therapy isn’t how it turns out, but that you are participating in the human experience and embracing your personal creative expression.

Creative expression through group or solo art therapy can benefit all kinds of individuals, no matter what their artistic interests may be. People who like to create visual art can draw, paint, color, sculpt, or simply doodle. Those who enjoy the written word can write poetry, short stories, or novels. Musically inclined individuals can sing, play an instrument, or write their own songs. Whatever method you choose for unlocking creativity, we have the art materials for you at our Agoura Hills, CA rehab.

Art Therapy for People in Addiction Treatment

This type of therapy is extremely helpful for people recovering from substance use. In addition to providing an outlet for creative expression, it helps them relieve stress, process emotions, and practice using art as a healthy coping strategy.

At our Agoura Hills, CA rehab facility, we use art, music, and writing therapy to help clients achieve success. When temptations are strong, group art therapy and solo art therapy provide a relaxing distraction that can be used long after rehab to help prevent relapse.

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Create a Better Life Through Creative Expression at Del Arroyo Recovery Center in Southern California

If you’re struggling with a substance abuse disorder, creative therapy at our Los Angeles area rehab can help. While you work through your addiction treatment program, you’ll be encouraged to express your feelings and relax with a variety of art materials and types of creative expression. Whether you use visual art therapy for stress management or are interested in poetry therapy for unlocking creativity, we’ll help you find a healing form of emotional expression.

Ready to take the first step? Contact us today to find out how professional addiction treatment and art therapy in Agoura Hills can help.