Art therapy is an expressive group therapy wherein addicts are encouraged to freely convey their innermost thoughts and feelings. This form of expression empowers them to communicate things they may not be able to verbalize. Many addicts are greatly helped through art therapy for drug and alcohol addiction, particularly those who suffered abuse or were otherwise victimized.
There are three techniques commonly employed within art therapy for drug and alcohol addiction. Those include:
- Gestalt: As part of these methods, the therapist helps addicts recognize and work through feelings and experiences.
- Active imagination: This free association form of art enables addicts to create without overthinking, opening them up to greater self-awareness through introspection and discussion.
- Third Hand: Within this method, the therapist helps to produce the art while addicts are still in control of the overall direction of the creative work.