Integrative therapies play an important role in a patient’s treatment for addiction. Art and music therapies are integrative therapies used for healing the mind, body, and spirit. These therapies are therapeutic tools for helping patients feel more comfortable when entering treatment.
Addiction isolates and makes a person feel helpless, hopeless, and alone. These types of therapy work well for clients who have difficulty talking about emotions, thoughts, or experiences. Non-verbal creative outlets motivate patients to be active participants in therapy.
Art therapy helps a person to open up socially, get involved with group meetings and activities, and participate in community work outside of treatment. Traumatic events and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make it hard for a person to talk about their experiences. Some people find it easier to express feelings and experiences with their hands. Art therapy breaks down barriers to communication. Art therapy can include incident drawings, drawing or painting emotions, stress painting to relieve stress, and creating an art journal.
Music comforts the mind, body, and spirit. People turn to music because of its positive psychological, emotional, spiritual, and mental stimulation. Music soothes the soul and helps in holistic treatment. Writing music promotes critical thinking in a healthy, clear mind. Patients can express their experiences and feelings through writing music.
Playing music is therapeutic for a person with the ability to play or has an interest in musical instruments. For a person who is musically talented, playing music can relieve symptoms of anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Playing music is a healthy way to stay connected to yourself and your emotions while adjusting to a new, sober lifestyle. Creating lyrics for music lets a person talk about his or her feelings in the form of a song. This is a great tool for a person who has difficulty talking about his or her trauma. Lyrics act as a voice to share traumatic experiences.
According to Southwestern College & New Earth Institute, “Art therapy helps reduce the tendency to deny there is a problem, an important benefit because acceptance is the first step in getting the help you need.” Also, it states that music therapy is highly effective in making patients feel successful and that they can communicate feelings more effectively through music than they could verbally.
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