Art and Music Therapy
At Serenity Now, CMHC we pride ourselves on offering effective treatment services to not only aid in the recovery process, but to also appeal to the suffering individual. Overcoming an addiction is not easy. Music and art therapy provides an effective outlet for suppressed feelings and emotions. Some clients find the most effective time for opening up is through the power of art and music.
We recognize that our clients have many unique talents and abilities; thus, we encourage the integration of expressive arts such as art and music into their daily routine. Not only do the creative arts provide an expressive emotional outlet, but they can also build self-esteem, promote social bonding, and encourage spirituality.
Music therapy provides avenues for communication helpful to clients who have difficulty expressing themselves in words. Music therapy research supports its efficacy in multiple treatment areas including increasing clients’ motivation to engage in treatment, providing emotional support, and overall physical and emotional rehabilitation.
For a person recovering from addiction, art therapy promotes a new type of communication. It can be used as a tool for self-reflection and getting in touch with one’s authentic self, which assists in the recovery journey. Art therapy is an effective treatment modality for anyone experiencing any type of emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual struggle. Art therapy sessions and assignments can be either specific or open-ended, but always encourage the client to freely express whatever emotions or topics he/she is currently experiencing. Through viewing one’s own creation, a client can improve the skills of self-observation and self-awareness. Certain themes or metaphors may continue to appear, bringing unconscious material to the conscious mind. Thus, art therapy can serve as an important tool for determining what topics may be best addressed in individual or group therapy.
The creative arts provide an opportunity to get in touch with our inner selves and perhaps even a Higher Power. Music and art therapy offers a form of expression for difficult feelings and emotions that are not easily identified or put into words. Expressive therapies build self-esteem, while also introducing new adaptive coping mechanisms without the use of drugs and alcohol.
At Serenity Now, CMHC, we believe that including both traditional psychotherapies and experiential therapies to treat substance abuse provides a well-rounded, effective treatment program for each client.