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Miami Art Therapy and Addiction Program

Creative art therapy is a therapeutic intervention that utilizes the principles and techniques of all art modalities and forms for the purposes of ameliorating a disability or illness and improving the individual’s overall physical and mental health. Research has shown that creative art therapy, when used in conjunction with traditional medical and behavioral health treatments, can produce successful treatment outcomes, improve communication skills and self-expression, allow for individuals to effectively develop and express their feelings, improve hand-eye coordination, and increase the individual's’ physical, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning.

Art in its truest form seeks to express the inexpressible and uncover feelings and ideas that may only rest in the subconscious. There is a catharsis that comes from creation that cannot really be achieved through any other means. Creating art for the sake of creating allows for an expansion of the mind and a meditation of the spirit. It can take you to distant places when you need a break from the humdrum of daily living, or it can bring you to the depths of self, uncovering truths that you didn’t even know existed. Regardless of what purpose the art was undertaken for, the result is usually the same, a lessening of the load, and an unburdening of the emotions.

" Art in its truest form seeks to express the inexpressible and uncover feelings and ideas that may only rest in the subconscious. "

There is a reason that man has created art since his inception. It is something that is indelible to the human spirit, the need to express oneself. Many times it does not make sense to the logical mind, but the cave paintings of proto-man seem to suggest that since our beginning we have felt a draw towards creation. When words, within the traditional constructs of sentences and grammar, fail, art succeeds, allowing for the expression of any idea, or nothing at all.

Creative art therapy offers this opportunity to individuals at Holistic Treatment Centers. Allowing them to connect with their innermost self, their higher power, their authentic being, while allowing for an outlet of feelings and emotions that may otherwise have been difficult to express. Since art is as diverse as the way in which people need to express themselves, at Holistic Recovery Centers, we employ art therapists who specialize in a number of different disciplines. We offer dance and movement therapy, drama therapy, art therapy, and music therapy, just to name a few, and our hope is that during your stay at one of our intimate treatment facilities you will find your own creative outlet, one that will allow you to heal from the psychic damage that has been wrought by years of substance abuse.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy emerged in the 1940s as a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by an art therapist, used media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy is not limited to paint and paper, but the choice of medium is determined by the group's’ overall therapeutic goals and objectives, and this means that the possibilities are limitless.

Art therapy uses arts in order to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Through one’s artistic expressions, they are able to manage and develop their behaviors, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Art therapy is different from traditional therapies and even other forms of creative art therapies in that it does not require the individual to use traditional means of communication in order to explore the inner workings of their mind. This allows people to be more vulnerable then they may possibly be if they were asked to express themselves with words. For instance, let’s say that someone was the victim of physical abuse as a child. They may not want to talk about those incidents with someone because of the pain that it brings up when they speak the words. Through art therapy, they may be able to express the anguish and pain that they felt as a child through their art and in doing so start a dialogue of healing that may not otherwise have happened.

At Holistic Recovery Centers, we use art therapy in this manner, as well as allowing our patients to express and unload their feelings and emotions. The stress of being in treatment can be a lot at times and when patients get tired of talking, creating art can be a positive outlet that keeps them from shutting down.

Dance & Movement as Therapy

Based on empirical data showing a direct correlation between the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit, dance and movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. Dance and movement therapy allows for the therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist to develop through the non-verbal cues of the client’s body language, that can to the trained eye reveal more than words ever could. This is especially helpful in patients who are newly sober because many lack the communication skills necessary in order to express the profundity of the experiences that they have had.

Research shows the dance and movement therapy is beneficial in decreasing social phobias through human interaction and the music used during the sessions has been proven to reduce pain, decrease anxiety, and increase an individual’s ability to relax. Dance and movement therapy is also an alternative for those individuals who might desire to exercise but have a physical impairment that excludes them from doing so.


Drama Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Drama therapy has been an established health profession since 1979. Drama therapy is an experiential group therapy approach that uses guided drama and role-playing to work through an individual’s underlying issues of addiction or mental illness. In drama therapy, theatre-based processes are used within a therapeutic setting in order to better address the client’s, couple’s, families’, or group participant’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Drama therapy provides an experiential experience for the individuals to use improvisation, role-playing, and performance art in order to depict challenging life situations that the individual may be struggling with. This is done in order to raise awareness, change attitudes and beliefs, and rehearse possible solutions so that the individuals can move towards a resolution of their problems or issues.

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If you or someone you love suffers from alcohol or drug addiction and would like to learn more about our creative art therapies, call Holistic Recovery Centers today at 1-877-723-7117. Our caring recovery specialists can give you a free consultation over the phone in order to match you to the program that best fits your needs. A new life of health, sobriety, and fulfillment is only a phone call away.



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