Art Therapy encourages self-expression through painting, drawing, modeling, and other expressions. It is an effective and productive tool for recovery and co-occurring disorders art because it works to heal the connection of body, mind and spirit. The use of art at Simple Recovery is explored as an expressive channel to help our clients communicate and express feelings they are not able to verbalize, de-stress, and explore different aspects of their creativity.

Helping clients return to healthy functioning, whether that be on a social, emotional, or cognitive level, is the fundamental goal of Art Therapy. It can be exceptionally useful in the treatment of individuals who have experienced personal trauma. Visual media allows the release of tension and fear behind difficult memories and experiences to be explored in a safe and expressive environment. This creative outlet gives our clients in recovery a sense of control that may be lacking in life. In this way, art can become an effective coping strategy for dealing with the challenges of early recovery.

What does Art Therapy look like at Simple Recovery?

At Simple Recovery, we recognize that most clients struggle to verbally express their feelings. At Simple Recovery, Art Therapy serves as a creative method for clients to develop communication, community, relaxation and engagement. We also combine Art Therapy with other experiential therapies to help creatively explore what was experienced during outdoor activities and meditation. Our Art Therapy groups include painting, drawing, sculpture and collage. The primary goal of art expression is to explore the inner experience of each individual. We emphasize exploration without judgement, capturing feelings, perceptions and imagination within this process. Simple Recovery’s Art Therapy is led by a professional artist and substance abuse counselor, who has been practicing Art Therapy for over 15 years.