Art Therapy for Addiction

Art therapy for addiction treatment involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collages, coloring or shaping to help people express themselves artistically and to examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. Under the guidance of a recognized art therapist, clients can “decipher” the non-verbal messages, symbols, and metaphors that are common in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so that they can solve deeper problems. There are practically endless types of art therapies that people can participate in. In fact, this type of therapy is relatively fluid, as any therapist can potentially create new forms of therapy using art, by combining art media to create new art forms for a class or session. Ultimately, every art form can be used in art therapy, from painting to sculpture or woodworking.