As is also the case with adventure therapy, creative expression is a general term that can be applied to a range of related therapeutic activities. The following are examples of creative expression therapy:
- Art therapy
- Dance therapy
- Music therapy
These and other types of creative expression therapy can help patients make significant strides on their personal path to recovery.
Introspect and Communication
Creative expression is a means of encouraging introspection and communication via creative arts. In addition to providing patients with a variety of opportunities to express themselves, creative expression therapy also encourages them to identify and address issues that they may have previously been hesitant to discuss. For example, trauma survivors who may not be able to verbalize their emotions may find that art, music, or dance allows them to express the pain and other emotions that they have previously been incapable of revealing.
For patients who are struggling with addictions, eating disorders, depression disorders, and other conditions, creative expression can serve a similar function. In many cases, self-defeating behaviors are symptomatic of underlying conditions or the result of unhealthy responses to past experiences. Creative expression can provide the means for both identifying and addressing these underlying conditions or previously repressed emotions.
In the case of addiction treatment, creative expression also serves as a means for patients to explore new ways of spending leisure time. During recovery, finding productive ways to fill the time that was previously dedicated to acquiring and using drugs is an important component of relapse prevention.
Sierra Tucson utilizes creative expressive techniques to complement the treatment experience for our patients. Creative expressive techniques further deepen the journey to self-discovery.
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