MORE THAN ONE WAY
Recovering from addiction is a challenge, not only for addicts, but sometimes even for those helping with treatment. Everyone is different which means each person doesn’t respond the exact same way to the same treatment. One person may not even respond successfully to treatment that had once worked before. This is why it’s important to find a treatment plan, center, or medical professional who can explore different options and varieties of treatments. It’s best to find what for the individual.
EXPLORE THE CREATIVE
A great way to find healing is through creative experiences. While it might not be effective for some, it works wonders for many others. Especially, in combination with therapy. When people hear about art therapy, they usually will assume painting. Some people aren’t artists, so they could be turned off by this concept - “I don’t paint, so why would I want to paint now?”
The thing is, there are so many ways to experience creative therapies aside from painting. Many people benefit from writing their thoughts and feelings, especially when they struggle to articulate it out loud to another person.
Music is also very therapeutic! Whether it’s learning a new instrument, learning new songs on an instrument you haven’t played in a while, or even simply listening to music. It’s all healing! A large number of people find healing in listening to songs they’re able to relate to. Yes, creative therapy is about self expression, but some people connect with the way others express themselves. This would be finding a song that expresses the exact same feelings you're going through, but you never knew how to explain it yourself. Listening to that particular song could be extremely healing, knowing you’re not the only one struggling and experiencing something tough.
SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO HAVE FUN
Art should be fun! Yes it is expressive and taps into our emotional side, but it should feel good. For some, the emotional cleansing releases the heavy weight we carry around, but sometimes, just dancing and being creatively playful helps just as much. We need to laugh, enjoy our bodies, enjoy our soul, enjoy our capabilities.
A creative task also gives us something to focus our attention on. This focus pulls people into the present moment, helping them feel more grounded and fulfilled. It helps to focus our attention on something else other than ourselves, our feelings, our struggles, and even the cravings.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please contact Crownview Co-Occurring Institute to get in touch with a medical professional who can help you find the most successful treatment plan. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute provides support from a team of medical professionals specializing in mental health, addiction, nutrition, relationships, etc.