Creating and working on a piece engages several parts of the brain. As such, the practice opens up the mind to help deal with abstract feelings like fear, anger, and insecurity. It is not the art therapist’s role to interpret artwork’s meaning; their role is to help patients find the meaning behind what was created.
Our program taps into the group’s creative tendencies. Additionally, our therapists give reading and writing assignments intending to challenge the group. Participants are encouraged to share and present their projects to others in the group, whether in drawing, sculpture, painting, or poetry. In combination with traditional dual diagnosis treatment programs, art therapy can be a significant component in furthering substance abuse recovery.