At Best Drug Rehabilitation, our goal is to offer a very diverse and well-rounded treatment approach to all of our clients. We understand that in this day and age that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in general affects a lot of different people from all different walks of life, and we see that as being a major problem for many. The crisis here with drug and alcohol abuse in the United States today is the sheer variety of individuals that are affected by it. No longer does any, “one size fits all” approach to addiction treatment work for anyone who is addicted, if it ever did work before, which is doubtful. The truth is, to effectively help people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol now one will have to really go the extra mile and offer them multiple different counseling sessions, different types of rehab settings and environments, and lots of different modalities, types of therapies, electives, life skills, relapse prevention, coping strategies, courses, and aftercare plans. All this and more is needed to be able to effectively say no to drug and alcohol addiction, and we have made a point to include literally dozens of different ways and means of tackling addiction.
One of the very effective and very popular methods that we offer at Best Drug Rehabilitation is that of art therapy. Art therapy is an alternative treatment method that we use to help clients work through the underlying issues that rest behind their addictions. Art therapy does wonders for any client, whether they come to us with any artistic talent to begin with or not. The overall idea here is to give the clients something to work on that is entirely unrelated to addiction and to give them something that they can take charge of and do in a way that they see fitting.
The Key Behind Art Therapy
A lot of recovering addicts, particularly addicted young adults, is in that of communicating what is going on with them and all of the problems and issues behind their addiction. This is the truth of the matter and it has been a problem for these individuals for some time now. They simply cannot find the words to talk about their addiction to anyone really, and this puts a real damper on their ability to get their ideas across and to make progress while in treatment.
Enter in art therapy. What a lot of rehab centers don’t understand is that the spoken word is only one way of communicating, one human to another. The truth is, there are a lot of ways for humans to communicate and express themselves, and art is one of them. With art therapy, an addicted individual is actually quite able to get ideas out there and in plain view for all to see. This is highly beneficial and quite good to engage in, and art therapy can actually create breakthroughs for clients because they are given an opportunity to express themselves in ways that they never before would have imagined being able to do.
Our Art Therapy Director
We believe in art therapy so strongly at Best Drug Therapy that we hired on an Occupational Therapist who specializes in art therapy. Here is what she had to say about her experiences and her outlook on the art therapy program at BDR:
- “I’m Sue Miller. I’m an Occupational Therapist. I come in and I do Art Therapy Group two times a week here at BDR. Every day we focus on a particular topic. We paint, do collages, do some writing. So, depending; today’s class focused on their favorite age and why. We do a lot of kind of delving into why they are here, what their goals are for the future, and they are talking about these things without even kind of realizing it as they do their art work. So, a lot of them find it to be relaxing. I get a lot of repeat people from session to session. It’s just a general way of getting the clients to identify emotions, talk about feelings, and express themselves in a different way than simply talking. I think it’s just another benefit that BDR offers.”
Why Alternative Methods are Needed
A 2005 TEDS report, (Treatment Episode Data Set), found that no less than a full 74% of people seeking drug treatment were poly-drug abusers of one kind or another. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of addicts in blank need help with more than one addiction problem, making it more problematic for getting them clean and for getting them clean and sober. Since we have a country that is riddled with addicts who suffer from multiple addictions, don’t you think it would be beneficial for them to go to a rehab center that offered multiple different ways of focusing on addiction and of tackling it? That is the logic and the idea behind art therapy at BDR. We have seen nothing but great successes thanks to Art Therapy, and we will continue to use this program, to promote it, and to utilize it now and forever.