What is Art Therapy?
Bayview Recovery offers art therapy as one of many treatment modalities to help individuals overcome their addiction or co-occurring disorder and complete their recovery. Art therapy encourages creativity and self-expression, helps build confidence and enables patients to manage their triggers and stress. In this way, art therapy can help individuals in recovery improve their physical, emotional and psychological health and sustain their long-term sobriety.
By giving recovering addicts a means to express the thoughts, feelings and emotions that they might not be able to communicate verbally — whether because it is difficult to articulate or painful to share — art therapy can be a powerful tool in the healing process. In the form of art, an individual can face and communicate many deep-seated and painful issues and emotions, mitigating the tension and stress that they bring with them. This can allow the individual to be heard while maintaining their feelings of safety and security.