Art and Music Therapy

Art and Music Therapy at The Source

Individualized treatment is particularly important to a successful recovery journey. Not every person will have success exploring their own personal struggles through traditional counseling. The Source offers alternative and complementary forms of therapy to help patients explore the root causes of addiction. In music and art therapy, a person can retrieve those deep, seeded struggles through the creative mind that may not have been accessible through psychotherapy alone.

Studies have shown that art and music therapy are highly effective for alleviating pain, promoting wellness, improving communication, managing stress, and giving people a way to express themselves. This form of therapy can be done through many art forms including painting, photography, traditional crafts, playing music, listening to music, and dance. Unlike regular art or music lessons, creative therapy focuses on supporting what the person gets out of the session and not on their skill. There is no judgment on what is created. Through guidance from an art therapist, the creative process and resulting artwork is used to explore feelings, manage behavior and addiction, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and foster self-awareness.

Creative Therapies at The Source

Creativity can support addiction recovery in a wide variety of ways. It can provide a way to communicate struggles when the words are hard to find while reducing feelings of guilt and shame. Using art and music therapy can reduce resistance to addiction treatment as well. Plus, creating and listening to music has a very real and measurable healing influence on the mind. It helps release all those good brain chemicals that reduce anxiety, depression, and anger.

Recovery is not just an attempt to move past addiction, it is also about helping a person piece together all the physical and mental effects that have been left behind. Art and music can help stimulate the emotions that have been dulled because of alcohol and drug use. It helps work those parts of the brain, just like exercise helps strengthen muscles, and over time helps bring a person back to themselves. They can also feel meditative and relieve stress.

Focusing on working on a project or a new skill, like playing an instrument, can reduce negative thoughts, while also giving purpose and meaning. These are all factors that help build self-esteem and increase a person’s willpower to be able to beat their addiction. Negative emotions that may have been triggers to use drugs and alcohol, can be channeled into creating art and music.
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