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What is Expressive Therapy?

Expressive Therapy utilizes various creative outlets in order to encourage self-discovery and healing. Expressive Therapy is used to treat:

  •          Depression
  •          Trauma
  •          Codependency
  •          Anxiety
  •          Stress
  •          Drug and Alcohol Addictions
  •          Eating Disorders

Expressive therapy, as oppose to traditional talk therapy, allows clients to express themselves through different forms of artistic expression. Expressive therapies include: movement therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, psychodrama, music therapy and creative writing. Addiction is a disease of the mind, body and soul. Treatment, therefore, must address these three components equally. The Expressive Therapies bring together the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of recovery to allow for true healing to occur.

Expressive therapy offers many benefits for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. In fact, more and more drug and alcohol treatment centers are incorporating the Expressive Therapies into their programs. Clients can become blocked or experience difficult expressing themselves or processing certain events or emotions. By providing an alternative outlet, clients are able to explore emotions and past events in a way that promotes new perspectives and insights. They are given a new way to “voice” the thoughts and feelings that they had always struggled to articulate in the past. The focus is on the creative process, and not the final product. The act of creating is inherently therapeutic. As clients delve deeper into the creative process, they bring to light new realizations and understanding. It becomes easier for them to see how the issues underlying their addiction have affected them. Clients are also encouraged to connect to and identify with the work of others.

Recovering Souls is a free service that allows individuals struggling with addiction to find the treatment they need. We work with an extensive network of drug and alcohol rehab centers that use a variety of therapies and methods in order to provide the most effective treatment. We have done the research for you; with one phone call you can learn about numerous treatment centers and their programs. We work with drug rehab centers that offer traditional programs, expressive programs, holistic therapies, faith-based treatment, residential treatment, outpatient programs, sober living and more. We can help you determine the level of care you need and find a drug and alcohol treatment program that is appropriate for you. We also can provide professional interventions if you are looking to get your loved one into treatment.

If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, there is hope. Contact Recovering Souls today to learn more about how we can help you.

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