Creative Supplemental Therapy for Addicts

The brain is a wonderfully complex machine, one that can work for us or, as is often the case with addiction, against us. Through various creative supplemental therapies, clients are given new outlets to help express their emotions and foster greater control over their daily lives,let’s take a brief look at a few of theones we offer at South Coast Counseling.

Cinema Therapy

Cinema therapy uses a movie’s characters, story, and theme to help clients work through their situation. Cinema therapy can be used to help the client de-stress, laugh, pinpoint healthy behaviors that they’d like to emulate, or recognize outsideperspectives of a situation similar to their own. Ultimately, cinema therapy can assist addicts in better understanding the conditions of their situation and how they can improve.

In certain situations, the therapist will even take cinema therapy as far as letting the client write a script and move through the first few steps of bringing the project to life.

Art Therapy

Art is the ultimate form of self-expression. Working on a given piece can allow a client to safely work through a wide range of emotions, with the end goal being to improve aspects of their daily life as well as their general welfare.

Through mediums such as sculpture, painting, and others, therapists are able to tackle a wide range of issues. They are equippedwith the knowledge of how the creative process works, as well as an understanding of mental health, psychological issues, and counseling techniques.

Art therapy can be used to combat issues such a substance abuse and depression, boost one’s confidence in social settings, or help overcome traumatic emotional events.

Music Therapy

Music can be used by therapists to help their client accomplish social, physical, emotional, or even cognitive goals. These achievements are realized through processes involving listening, singing, dancing, and even the creation of new music.

Few things stimulate the brain like music.It has benefits both socially and individually, is used for escape and relaxation and,when used within the right therapeutic program, can be a huge factor in dealing with depression and substance abuse.

Dance Therapy

Allowing clients to safely express their emotions through dance or movement is often preferred when other mediums may feel too unfamiliar or daunting. Dance therapy focuses on movement that enables expression and communication, withsessions ranging from free-form to very structured, and can accommodate both a personal and a group environment.

Dance therapy often focuses on acceptance and closure. It starts with the warm-up process, then moves into a period of observance, intervention, and being vocal, and ends with a cool-down exercise. This type of therapy is good for clients suffering from mental health issues, having troubles with rehabilitation, and other medical issues.

Remember that there is no catch-all treatment for every client, and creative supplemental therapy is often one part of the longer road to recovery.In that regard, it helps to have a diverse arsenal with which to aid everyone who comes to us seeking help. Make sure you take note of the various types of therapy we have to offer and, as always, don’t wait to contact us if someone you know is battling with mental health issues, alcohol, or substance abuse.

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