expressive therapyIf you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, working through the underlying causes of substance abuse can be challenging. You might have experienced trauma in the past and have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with feelings of anxiety or depression. Mental health issues can also contribute to addiction. Finding ways to express your feelings while in recovery is important. Not everyone is comfortable opening up in group settings at first. At Awakenings Recovery Center, we offer expressive therapy as one tool to help our clients process their emotions and begin to heal. 

Learn more about how we use expressive therapy in our addiction treatment programs by contacting Awakenings Recovery Center at 833.297.4343 today.

What Is Expressive Therapy?

Expressive therapy uses a variety of creative activities to help clients process their emotions and share how they feel. For some individuals, expressing their emotions can be challenging. They might have a hard time opening up due to past trauma or abuse. Expressive therapy offers a non-verbal outlet that many clients find more comfortable for sharing their experiences.

Some of the activities that those in an expressive therapy program might participate in include:

  • Writing or keeping a journal
  • Dancing
  • Creating art by drawing, painting, or sculpting
  • Making music by playing instruments or singing 

This therapy takes place under the guidance of an experienced therapist. They will encourage participants to try new things. Even if you’re not comfortable with singing or dancing, for example, you might find that you can open up more easily by writing poetry or drawing. 

Some individuals also find during expressive therapy that they can access experiences and emotions that they may have repressed in the past. Creating art, dancing, and writing might help some clients tap into different parts of themselves.

The Benefits of Expressive Therapy

In an expressive therapy program, clients not only find new ways to express themselves, but they find healthy outlets for stress and other triggers for relapse. In the environment of an addiction treatment center, where clients can focus on their recovery away from the stresses of the outside world, they likely feel as though they can conquer any obstacle on their journey to recovery. When re-entering everyday life, many individuals need extra support and healthy coping skills to handle challenges that come their way. Expressive therapy offers a way for individuals to reconnect with themselves and refocus on their journey to recovery.

 Some of the other benefits of expressive therapy include:

  • Individuals can learn more about themselves
  • Serves as an outlet for stress
  • Helps with trauma recovery
  • Can relieve any shame associated with addiction
  • Can help clients communicate more effectively with their therapists
  • Helps clients open up in group sessions
  • Can unearth repressed feelings

If you think that expressive therapy could help you heal, reach out to our treatment center today. During intake, we’ll work to understand your needs and goals for treatment and create a plan that will work best for you.

Contact Us for Personalized Addiction Treatment

At Awakenings Recovery Center, we incorporate a wide variety of therapies into our addiction treatment programs. We believe that every individual in our care has unique needs for treatment, which is why we create individualized treatment plans upon admission. Our goal is to help every person who is struggling with addiction maintain long-term sobriety. If you were a loved one is ready to overcome substance use disorder reach out to us to learn more about our treatment programs. These include: 

Contact Awakenings Recovery Center at 833.297.4343 today or reach out online to learn more. We’re here to help you awaken to your recovery.