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Creative Expression Therapy for Substance Abuse

Expressing yourself doesn’t always involve words. In fact, writing, art, music, movement, and other outlets can provide powerful therapeutic value.

At Hope Canyon, we value creativity — because it provides a healthy way of expressing emotions and experience. That’s why creative expression is an integral part of our treatment offerings. In addition to traditional individual therapy and group therapy, you’ll have access to innovative approaches like art, music, and other expressive therapies.

Putting Creativity to Work in Rehab

Creative expression allows clients to achieve clarity, healing, and emotional development. Whether the therapy involves writing (such as journaling or poetry), art, drama, movement, or dance, it can provide an outlet that goes beyond traditional addiction treatment approaches. It also complements talk therapy, especially for those who find themselves a little more hesitant to verbalize their emotions aloud. 

It’s important to remember that the purpose of creative expression therapy isn’t on the outcome — that is, whether the painting or the poem qualifies as “good.” Instead, the emphasis lies on the very process of creating. In other words, you don’t need to be a trained artist to benefit from this type of therapy; you simply need the desire to express yourself and the willingness to try.

Many people struggling with addiction suffer from a disconnect between the mind and the body — and difficult thoughts and emotions lack a healthy outlet. By using creative expression as a therapy option, it’s possible to revive the mind-body connection and communicate in a constructive way. Creative expression can also help clients in treatment to develop interpersonal skills and increase self-esteem.

Creative Expression and Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Creative expression is used to treat a wide variety of clinical conditions, including stress and anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and depression — as well as a number of other mental health disorders that often occur along with drug abuse and alcohol addiction.

We’d love to talk more with you about this popular component of treatment at Hope Canyon. Give us a call, and we’ll tell you all about creative expression — and how it can help you achieve equilibrium in recovery.