At Best Drug Rehabilitation, our goal is to offer a diverse and well-rounded treatment approach to all of our clients. We understand that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction affects many people from all walks of life. We also see it as being a major problem for many people. The crisis with drug and alcohol abuse in the United States today is the vast number of individuals that are affected.
No longer does a “one size fits all” approach to addiction treatment work. The truth is, to effectively help people who are addicted to substances, we will have to go the extra mile and offer multiple counseling sessions, different types of environments, and a variety of modalities. Addicts today need treatment that provides life skills, relapse prevention, coping strategies, anger management courses, and aftercare plans. All this and more is necessary to be able to say no to drug and alcohol addiction effectively, and we have made a point to include dozens of different ways and means of tackling addiction.
Addicts today need treatment that offers life skills, relapse prevention, coping strategies, anger management courses, and aftercare plans, among others. All this and more is required to be able to effectively say no to drug and alcohol addiction, and we have made a point to include dozens of different methods of tackling addiction.
One of the effective and modern methods that we offer at Best Drug Rehabilitation is that of art therapy. Group art therapy is an alternative treatment method that we use to help clients work through the underlying issues 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 goal 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 as fitting.
The Purpose of Group Art Therapy
Many recovering addicts, particularly young adults, have trouble communicating what is going on with them and all of the problems and issues behind their addiction. They simply cannot find the courage to talk about their addiction to anyone, and this impedes their ability to get their ideas across and make progress while in treatment.
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 people to communicate and express themselves, and art is one of them. With art therapy, an addicted individual is quite able to express feelings in a creative medium for all to see.
Our Art Therapy Director
We believe in art therapy so firmly 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 group 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 delve into why they are here, what their goals are for the future, and talk about these things without even realizing it as they do their artwork. 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.”
Art therapy can create breakthroughs for clients because they are given an opportunity to express themselves in ways that they would never have imagined being able to do otherwise.
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 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 various ways of focusing on substance abuse and of tackling it? That is the logic and the idea behind group 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.