Art Therapy Is More Than Arts And Crafts For Rehab

Art is an expression beyond the confines of language represented by words. Art is a language of its own, using the symbols of expression to communicate metaphor, emotion, transition, and meaning. One of the only static communications styles to be so dynamic, art can create movement without moving. A painting can encompass a lifetime, a sculpture can encompass transformation. What is put into art is transitory, which makes the modality of art therapy so important. Everything is changing in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. From one minute to the next, the brain is healing, the body is healing, and the soul is being rejuvenated. Art therapy is a way to move beyond traditional talking or packets and put that experience into different forms.

Though an art piece might be static, the process of making art is not. Art therapy might seem to symbolic to be realistic to some. However, there is importance in the symbology. For example, building up a sculpture with clay to represent pain, resentment, or trauma, then smashing that sculpture down into a blob is a transformative experience. Feelings, thoughts, emotions, judgments, pain, trauma, are all intangible. We feel them in many different ways as they manifest in our lives, but we can not simply grab anger by the handful, throw it across the room and pronounce it gone. With art therapy, the intangible becomes tangible, malleable, and useful.

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is full of talking, processing, analyzing, and reflecting, all of which are important tools and methods. Art therapy is an opportunity to engage in a different kind of processing which doesn’t require as much brain power as it does soul power. Using two different sides of the brain during treatment is important to helping the brain grow strong and find more balance.

An art therapist and specified art therapy groups are not required to do art therapy. You can bring art therapy home with you through very simple routines:

  • Use coloring books
  • Buy art supplies and create a designated time to just create
  • Create gifts for people with crafting rather than buy new things
  • Lookup art therapy activities online, which can include a narration

Art therapy is becoming a more relied upon model of treatment for addiction recovery. We employ alternative and holistic treatment methods as part of our integrative approach to healing addiction in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Solutions believes that there is an answer to addiction. For more information, call 833-801-5483


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Alcoholism And The New Year

Sit in any meeting place of twelve step fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous through the month of January and witness many birthday celebrations. January is a popular time to get sober. May people hit their bottom during the holiday season of December. What brings them to decide to make the decision on recovery is different. Some people have ruined one too many holiday celebrations with their families or missed them entirely. Some found themselves in the hospital or arrested due to drinking. Others realize that yet another year has gone by lost in the bottomless hole of addiction and alcoholism.

If you or a loved one are ready to seek treatment for alcoholism, Enlightened Solutions is available to guide your through the recovery process from detox to after care. Here are the steps to take if you are ready to make the ultimate new year's resolution to get- and learn how to stay- sober this year.

Medical Detox

Detox is not a requirement for recovery. The need for detox is dependent upon how much one has been drinking. Severe chemical dependency will result in symptoms of withdrawal. Detoxing from alcohol can be dangerous if done alone. In extreme cases, one develops delirium tremens which can result in hallucinations both tactile, auditory and visual. Sweats, seizures, vomiting, and more are common symptoms of detox from alcohol. At this time Enlightened Solutions does not provide detox services. However, we have close working relationships with many detox centers and can refer you while making your arrangements to attend treatment at our facility.

Residential Inpatient Treatment

If, even after detox, you or your loved one are not sure you can continue to live on your own without resuming to drink, you need residential inpatient treatment for alcoholism. Residential inpatient treatment offers a place to live while being securely monitored 24 hours a day by registered nurses and trained clinicians. Inpatient will include one on one therapy, holistic healing, and more. For 30-90 days, inpatient is a place to become stable before returning to independent living.

Ongoing Support

Treatment is multiphasic in order to encourage a step down transition into independent life after alcoholism. Following residential inpatient treatment can be partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare. Continuing to receive therapeutic and community support for alcoholism recovery is essential for helping create a lifestyle of sobriety.

Enlightened Solutions is ready to help you get sober today, and for a lifetime. For more information on treating alcoholism and why Enlightened Solutions is right for you, call 833-801-5483.


Yes, You’re Going To Do Yoga In Rehab: Here’s What You Need To Know

Yes, You’re Going To Do Yoga In Rehab: Here’s What You Need To Know

Yoga has become a staple of treatment for recovery from addiction, alcoholism, and mental health. Used as an integrative, preventative, and therapeutic practice, yoga is an essential tool for early recovery.

You’re Not Going To Do Yoga Every Day

For many people, their experience with yoga during their stay in a treatment facility for addiction will be their first. Trained yoga teachers, especially those versed in addiction treatment, will be skilled in working with the newcomer and slowly introducing them to the practice. After a few weeks you might find yourself working up to a daily practice. As it is said in recovery, “easy does it”. Take it one day at a time. Yoga is not about competition, judgment, or even achievement. The true practice of yoga lies in meeting yourself exactly where you are and embracing yourself there.

You Are Going To Notice A Change Every Day

You may not touch your toes in a forward bend after just a few therapeutic yoga sessions, but you might notice other positive benefits. Innumerable scientific research studies have been dedicated to analyzing the positive benefits of yoga. For addicts and alcoholics in recovery, there are specific benefits of yoga that are especially helpful. Yoga has been proven to reduce the intensity or presence of symptoms for mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.

Addiction and alcoholism affect the brain, body, and spirit. Yoga helps rejuvenate the body by making it stronger and more flexible. Stress is greatly reduced through yoga practice which helps the heart become more healthy and function better.

Each day of yoga helps us open up. Yoga is about finding union between the mind, body, and the spirit. Starting a journey of spirituality through recovery where you are also working on healing the mind and body is challenging. Drugs and alcohol shut our minds off and leave us at dis-ease with ourselves. Yoga gently helps us to settle back into who we are as a holistic whole.

Enlightened Solutions provides spiritual and holistic healing and therapeutic treatment modalities as part of an integrative treatment program. As a certified and licensed dual diagnosis treatment center, Enlightened is able to serve the needs of those suffering from addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Combining the philosophy of the 12 steps with evidence based treatment methods, the program at Enlightened is a soulful approach to starting life long sobriety. For more information on our programs please call 833-801-5483.