The Position of Artwork Remedy in Habit Restoration

The Role of Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

One afternoon on the Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS Heart for Habit Restoration, two teams of sufferers have been onerous at work on a challenge. Utilizing craft provides like cardboard, sizzling glue weapons, pipe cleaners and extra, the problem was easy on the floor: construct a home.

One staff constructed a home with a strong basis.

The opposite used tape to assemble their home and put a “pool” fabricated from coloured rocks on the roof.

Evidently, that home fell down.

“In the course of the train, you noticed the staff members come collectively for problem-solving. Every individual on the staff took on a sure position and accountability. However the problem wasn’t nearly constructing a home – it was an train to assist them find out about themselves and what an addictive household seems like,” says Michael J. Hanes, LPC, ATR-BC, Director of Scientific Providers at Arcadia Trails.

“We talked about what made that sure home collapse. We talked in regards to the weak bonds and the burden on the roof, they usually might see that the burden was habit. So, we got here again and bolstered the brand new home to create a robust basis.”

Metaphorically, the home represented a affected person’s lifetime of habit. With out that artwork challenge, the lesson and the realizations could have come rather more slowly.

Welcome to artwork remedy

Artwork remedy is without doubt one of the many instruments Arcadia Trails makes use of to handle habit and restoration at its 40-bed in-patient remedy facility. In contrast to many different substance abuse facilities, Arcadia Trails makes use of practices starting from artwork remedy and mindfulness practices to conventional remedy and group help.

Hanes, who’s the driving power behind the artwork remedy at Arcadia Trails, says incorporating expressive arts isn’t only a artistic course of for his sufferers — it’s important to their restoration.

What’s artwork remedy?

There’s a distinction between utilizing artwork in remedy and artwork remedy itself, Hanes says. Utilizing artwork in remedy normally refers to utilizing artwork as a method to an finish. Artwork remedy, nonetheless, facilities across the artistic course of as a therapeutic device.

The benefits of utilizing artwork remedy are multi-fold, Hanes says, and the method can:

  • Assist sufferers externalize emotions via non-destructive means.
  • Assist therapists and sufferers acquire perception into what the affected person is feeling via artwork illustration of repressed or unconscious feelings.
  • Make sufferers really feel lively and empowered by exploring their symbolic work and their rising maturity to resolve issues.

In a nutshell, artwork remedy helps sufferers specific their feelings, enhance shallowness, handle addictions, relieve stress, enhance signs of hysteria and despair and deal with restoration.

As well as, artwork permits an individual to convey concepts and feelings and discover points in a means that enables that individual to speak in a non-verbal means. Many sufferers initially really feel hesitant about exploring and addressing these points in group remedy or in dialog.

“Everybody will get artwork remedy if they’re in remedy right here. What makes us so totally different from different amenities is that we provide a variety of artistic course of companies like drum remedy, artwork and mindfulness,” Hanes says. “Artwork remedy has been used fairly a bit in psychiatry and for drug and alcohol habit. It’s now booming and being utilized in other ways, like in burn facilities, most cancers facilities and for trauma restoration.”

Hanes himself found artwork remedy whereas finding out artwork and artwork training in faculty. He met one other scholar who majored in artwork remedy, and the topic immediately fascinated him.

“It mixed each of the issues I beloved, which was artwork and serving to folks,” he says. “It was excellent.”

After working as an artwork therapist at quite a few in-patient psychiatric amenities, Hanes turned the director of Rolling Hills in Enid, Oklahoma. When the place at Arcadia Trails opened up in November 2018, he jumped on the likelihood. 

The ability of expressive arts

“Whether or not it’s visible arts, music, poetry or drama, we attempt to incorporate the expressive arts in our remedy. The lives of our sufferers have been shattered and lots of really feel they’ve misplaced their humanity. These expressive arts are what makes us human,” says Hanes. “It is a place the place folks acknowledge habit as a power illness of the mind, not as having weak willpower or being a horrible individual.”

“Artwork and creativity might be very contagious. For adults, it may be intimidating to attempt, particularly for those who’ve by no means achieved artwork earlier than, however we work with them, encourage them and interact them within the artistic course of. It’s the method that counts,” he says.

Artwork remedy at Arcadia Trails

The INTEGRIS Arcadia Trails Heart for Habit Restoration is the proper setting for creative expression. Located among the many gently rolling hills and oak forests between Lake Arcadia and Edmond on the medical campus of INTEGRIS Well being Edmond, Arcadia Trails is Oklahoma’s latest and most superior residential drug and alcohol remedy middle. Habit is holistically addressed, together with its co-occurring and compounding points – psychological sickness and trauma – whereas incorporating the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Nameless.

“If you stroll in, you’re strolling into a stunning constructing which is state-of-the-art and really good,” Hanes says. “We deal with habit as a power illness of the mind, and so these receiving remedy deserve an exquisite area to do their therapeutic.”

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