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Break the Cycle of Addiction Through the Creative Process

Therapies are important to the recovery process, and some therapies benefit some people more than others. While talk therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are crucial, adjunct therapies that empower individuals through creative expression supplement your treatment program.

Many people find that talk therapy is just not enough, or struggle to communicate their thoughts and feelings in words or in a healthy way. Art therapy allows you to turn your emotions into something tangible.

You can heal from the effects of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health disorders. Art therapy can help you get there.

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What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an integrative modality that allows the patient to heal the body, mind, and spirit through self-expression. Art therapy is exceptionally helpful for those who struggle to articulate their thoughts verbally, but is effective as an adjunct to talk therapies as well.

What Happens During an Art Therapy Session?

During a session, the art therapist will encourage the client to use the creative process as a means of self-expression and achieving mental and emotional wellness. Sessions may include drawing, painting, sculpting, collage-making, and other mediums. The focus of an art therapy session is more about the creative process than the finished piece itself.

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Why is Art Therapy Important for Recovery & How Does it Differ From Other Therapies?

For many people suffering from addiction or mental illness, psychotherapy alone isn’t enough to allow them to effectively process their thoughts and emotions. Art therapy is a holistic treatment that differs from talk therapy treatments by the use of art rather than speaking.

The benefits of art therapy are a better understanding of one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and improved coping skills and self-esteem all of which aid in relapse prevention.

The Heights Treatment: Addiction Recovery & Mental Health Recovery Through Art Therapy

At The Heights Treatment, we believe that substance abuse treatment and mental healthcare should be holistic. Our programs implement the use of art therapy techniques to encourage whole person healing.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health condition, there is hope at The Heights Treatment.

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Our Levels of Care

We know that no matter how committed you are to your healing, life goes on outside of recovery. Our day programs happen during business hours so that you have the flexibility to fulfill career, school, family, and personal obligations in the evenings. This flexibility gives you the autonomy you need to thrive outside of a treatment facility.

Our Art Therapy options include:

Individualized Intensive Program (IIP)

IIP is ideal for patients transitioning from a higher level of treatment or an inpatient program. This program offers evidence-based modalities and an integrative approach, but patients still have the flexibility to balance their recovery with responsibilities at work, home, or school.

Why is Art Therapy Important for Recovery?

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A PHP is an intensive level of outpatient care that’s ideal for patients transitioning from a residential treatment program or IIP. Patients still have the flexibility to tend to work, home, or school but benefit from a structured environment for treatment and care in our welcoming rehab center in Houston.

The Heights Treatment: Addiction Recovery & Mental Health Recovery Through Art Therapy

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our IOP is a good fit for patients who have completed IIP or inpatient treatment but may need more rigorous care than an outpatient program. This program can help patients who have taken the first step toward recovery on their own and need more long-term support, treatment, and accountability.

Outpatient Program (OP)

Mental health treatment programs provide evidence-based behavioral health therapy and psychiatry. A positive community of peer support, family therapy sessions, and a compassionate staff with an individualized, strategic plan. Patients learn skills like positive awareness, coping skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness in regular therapy sessions.

Our Art Therapy options include: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Holistic Therapies at The Heights Treatment

Our treatment plans are whole-person focused, meaning that when you are admitted to our rehab center, you work towards healing the body, mind, heart, and spirit.

We implement only evidence-based treatments to ensure the efficacy of our programming.

Our treatments include:

Our Art Therapy options include: Outpatient Program (OP)

FAQs About Art Therapy & Addiction Treatment

More questions about art therapy and healing from the effects of substance use disorders and mental health disorders? We’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions below.

How Does Art Therapy Help You Recover From Alcohol Addiction & Drug Addiction?

Many addictions stem from trauma and emotions that are difficult to articulate. Art therapy in conjunction with individual therapy, group therapy, and other behavioral health substance abuse treatments can help you learn to process and express these emotions in a healthy way.

What Kind of Art Do You Do in Art Therapy Sessions?

Art therapy sessions can include a variety of mediums, from drawing, painting, coloring, sculpting, mask making, visual journaling, and more.

Can You Recover From Addiction With Art Therapy Alone?

Recovery is more effective when a multidisciplinary approach is taken. Art therapy is exceptionally effective in addiction treatment programs in conjunction with traditional therapies such as talk therapy, family therapy, and EMDR.

How Long Does Art Therapy Take to Work?

Recovery is not black and white, and there is no set timeline for how long art therapy–or any other therapy–takes to work.

Everyone’s recovery is different. You may experience an improvement of your overall well-being after a single session, whereas someone else may take several sessions or several weeks of sessions before a breakthrough is achieved.

It’s important to remember that consistency is key in your treatment. The more you show up fully present for your sessions and are committed to doing the work it takes to recover, the better your overall experience in treatment will be.

How Can You Help Someone Who Has an Addiction?

Witnessing someone you love experiencing an addiction or mental health disorder is one of the most stressful experiences one can endure.

The most important thing you can do for someone who is experiencing an addiction is to ensure their safety. Learn the signs of overdose and mental health crisis. If your loved one’s behavior is posing an immediate danger to themselves or others, seek emergency medical attention right away. Do not wait.

Start Healing With Art Therapy for Addiction

Addiction recovery can feel isolating–addiction itself can feel even more isolating.

You don’t have to go it alone. Seeking help from a treatment center provides you with a holistic treatment plan and support system so that you can heal and thrive.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or dual diagnosis, help is available. Call and speak with an admissions specialist today and learn more about our treatment options.

Addiction and mental health disorders are not a choice–recovery is. A better life is a phone call away.

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