What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy incorporates various mediums of tangible creative expression with which your loved one can communicate feelings without words. For teens who have difficulty connecting with their peers and family members, identifying emotions orally or who are struggling with trauma, art therapy has proven to break through communication barriers. Art therapy provides an outlet for emotional processing by externalizing internal conflicts. These conflicts can then be identified for future discussions with a therapist. Instead of internalizing these strong feelings, adolescents are encouraged to choose pen and paper, paintbrushes, sculpting clay or various other creative options to reflect and create.
Why Art Therapy?
In art therapy sessions, there is no intention set or goal to achieve. The adolescent is given the freedom to relax, be comfortable and share their creations with a therapist or group to better understand the struggle within.
In addition to enhancing the adolescent’s voice through art, these sessions awaken areas of the brain connected to memory, spatial placement, body awareness and decision-making. All five senses can be activated through art therapy, many of which have been compromised with substance use. When teens are able to engage in art, they achieve concentration and mindful wellness while addictive cravings are suppressed.
Art Therapy Benefits:
- Stress relief
- Opens the mind creatively
- Invigorates various inactive parts of the brain
- Increases self-confidence
- Encourages self-discovery
- Breaks down emotional distress
- Promotes active expression
- Prevents relapse by reducing cravings
- Emotional healing
- Increases neuroplasticity
- Creates sense of community
- Builds trust between peers
Throughout treatment, every piece of art acts as a timepiece or marker for the progress your teen is making in recovery. This allows them to see the change in their work from the moment treatment begins to the day they leave Stonewater to put their sobriety into real-world practice. Art therapy is one of the many stress-relieving outlets that can bring joy to your adolescent’s life and be used continually as a resource for relaxation and release.
Call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662-259-8474 to schedule an intake call with our team today.