Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offers a comprehensive and varied holistic programme as part of our treatment. Art Therapy has been proven as a helpful medium in treating addiction and its common co-occurring illnesses. Creative art proves a helpful tool in which the client can express him or herself unreservedly. We offer art therapy as an alternative way for our clients to express and learn how to manage their emotions. In early recovery, emotions can feel overwhelming and prove difficult for the individual to identify and put into words. Creative art provides them with the opportunity to depict how they are feeling without the pressure of having to verbalise it.
Pent up emotions are dangerous for the recovering alcoholic/addict. For years they have learned that the solution to uncomfortable emotions is to suppress them with drink, drugs or a compulsive behaviour. We aim to educate our clients and provide them with alternative healthy ways in which they can safely express and process their emotions. Art therapy is a non-threatening creative treatment methodology that allows for freedom of expression through techniques such as drawing, painting, poetry, clay modelling and college. It is also very enjoyable and relaxing and offers the following proven benefits:
Art therapy provides a non-threatening and useful communication tool for those suffering from psychological issues relating to their addiction. For example, an individual that has suffered abuse or trauma may struggle to verbalise events, how they felt at the time and how it affects them now. Fear, shame, guilt and anger hold them back from truly getting in touch with their emotions. Creative art provides an alternative means in which they can communicate how they are feeling and events that have happened. This is an important part of the healing process. With a qualified staff member leading each session, patients receive support and encouragement throughout. The sessions allow for expression, reflection and healing as the art created provides a useful platform for further exploration by our staff member. As they progress in their treatment, they will learn how to express their hopes for the future and the joys of recovery. We witness their art and creativity change as they go through treatment and this helps us to gauge their progress.
Oasis recovery Communities Runcorn conduct art therapy sessions within a group environment. The staff member present will use a number of recognised techniques to encourage the patient to “talk through the expression”. This assists both the individual and the staff member to gain insight and meaning into what is going on for him or her inside. By working in a group, they will receive valuable feedback and support from their peers and also be able, in return, to offer their valued insight into other’s work.
Our responsible member of the staff is proficient in delivering the following methods:
Gestalt Method: The member of the staff works with the patients to help them identify and express their current feelings and experiences. The artwork produced can also be used as an introduction to a deeper conversation. The client may talk about the artwork they have produced and what it means to them.
Active Imagination Method: Using creativity and art mediums as a starting point, the patient is encouraged to let his or her mind roam freely and spontaneously. This opens the door to further discussion with the staff member.
Third-hand Method: The staff member becomes actively involved in this therapeutic technique to assist the patient in producing a meaningful piece of work. Whilst the patient is still in control of the overall vision, this method is helpful to those that are struggling with a starting point or are unsure of how to express what they are feeling.
Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer a varied treatment programme that is engaging, authentic and highly effective. Part of our commitment to our clients’ recovery is to help them explore a variety of mediums through which they can communicate their innermost thoughts and feelings in a safe and constructive way. Art Therapy is very effective in treating addiction and also mood disorders. Reconnecting to their emotions and creativity is important for an individual that has suppressed them in unhealthy ways for so long.
If you have any questions relating to our art therapy programme or any other aspect of our treatment, please call and speak with a member of our team.