Creative Arts Therapies Are Beneficial For Wellbeing

Few things, if any at all, in treatment are planned without a copious amount of research behind them. Every didactic lecture, experiential activity, physical exercise, holistic healing, and creative arts therapy is integrated into a treatment program for a very specific reason. Most often, they are for two specific reasons. First, they are proven to reduce the symptoms of addiction, alcoholism, and many of the mental health disorders which are often co-occurring. They relieve stress, enhance relaxation, as well as encourage physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing. Second, they provide priceless instruction in “relapse prevention”, which is a general term for the collection of tools and skills those in recovery take with them after treatment. Though it can feel like it, treatment doesn’t last forever. One day, the structure and routine are gone. When difficult moments of triggers and cravings arise, it is up to those in recovery to utilize the tools they’ve picked up to get themselves through.

Creative arts therapies are an important practice and skill set in recovery. Treatment programs contain such an array of modalities because not one individual will recover in the same way. No two people experience their alcoholism or mental health disorder in the precisely same fashion. As a result, treatment programs have to be flexible enough to be tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Some people express themselves and work best in an academic setting while others find their best communication through art. Creative art therapies help create a bridge for grasping wide concepts in recovery, learning to communicate with others, finding ways to express emotions, and creating tools for self-care in the future.

According to Mindful, new research from New Zealand has found that “creative acts” in every day life can contribute to a greater sense of wellbeing. “Results showed that people who were engaged in more creative activities than usual on one day reported increased positive emotion and flourishing the next day, while negative emotions didn’t change,” the article explains. Interestingly, the opposite response did not occur. “People who experienced higher positive emotions on day one weren’t more involved in creative activities on day two, suggesting that everyday creativity leads to more well-being rather than the other way around.” Specifically and directly, the researcher behind the project explained that there was no sham around the effect of creativity and well being. “Research often yields complex, murky, or weak findings,” she expressed, “But these patterns were strong and straightforward: Doing creative things today predicts improvements in well-being tomorrow. Full stop.”

Integrative treatment is what we believe to be the solution to the problem of drug addiction and alcoholism. Our programs at Enlightened Solutions bring together a balance of clinical, holistic, spiritual, and twelve step approaches. For more information on our partial care programs, call 833-801-5483.


Creative Practices for Curating Inner Peace

Being in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction often requires a lot of vocal expression. Alternative therapies like art or music therapy offer opportunities for unique expression. However, evidence based treatment methods like talk therapy are standards in treatment.

Creative Practices for Curating Inner Peace

Journaling

One of the most important people you can learn to talk to in recovery is yourself. Journaling is a safe and sacred space for engaging in dialogue with just you and your spirit.

There is no need for a daily “dear diary” practice. Allow yourself a designated time and space for simply being with your writing. You can talk about your past, your present, and your future. When we peacefully allow ourselves our own protection in expressing ourselves we can be surprised by what comes up. Journals do not have to look or read a certain way. We are journaling, not writing a novel (though that can be another practice!). Indulge in the practice of self-compassion by embracing full transparency with yourself, your thoughts, and your words. Releasing what you have been storing inside to be stored on the pages of your journal is deeply healing. The act of writing is meditative within itself. At the end of each day, or anytime you choose to write, you will feel refreshed and more deeply connected to yourself.

Crystals and Stones

Rose quartz is for love. Amethyst, for knowledge. Garnet for social attraction. Blue lapiz, for creativity. Stones and crystals are full of energy. Each frequency of energy in each crystal and stone heals in different ways. Crystals and stone can be used by wearing them, holding them, placing them in your personal space, or even just keeping them in your pocket. Certain stones and crystals attract us, as if we were meant to find them. Researching the meanings and healing properties of the stone or crystal reveals a deep correlation with our lives.

Maximize the use of crystals and stones by using them for intention setting. Build a relationship with your special piece by creating a goal for its purpose. Are you feeling insecure in your life and stumble upon some Tiger’s eye? Known for offering protection, set the intention for developing feelings of safety. Over the course of just a few weeks, mindfully notice how those intentions manifest- because they will.

Visualizations

Visualizations are practices for meditation in which the brain is guided through imagining and envisioning. Visualization can also be a creative practice using tangible material items to materialized our fantasies, desires, dreams, wishes, and goals. Vision boards are a popular medium for this practice. Meditate in the energy of your creative flow, searching for what expression will be most supportive. Work within that space to create a visualization for your life.

Enlightened Solutions witnesses the transformative hope treatment for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction can bring. Our multidisciplinary program is based in 12 step philosophy and holistic practices offering complete healing for mind, body, and spirit. There is serenity on the other end of your suffering. Stop suffering.

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