Art Therapy: Helping You Recover

Here at Banbury Lodge, we know that to help you overcome addiction and mental health issues, it is important to treat you as a whole person rather than just focusing on your illness. We do this by offering a comprehensive recovery programme that incorporates psychotherapeutic treatments with holistic therapies such as art therapy. The use of art therapy can help to improve your overall wellbeing and increase your chance of achieving long-term permanent sobriety.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an alternative approach to addiction recovery that is used by many treatment providers. It is effective when used in conjunction with traditional talking therapies such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy.

The use of art therapy can help to improve communication and will allow you to express yourself in a completely different way than you may have come to expect. It is important to remember that you do not have to have any specific talent in art for this type of therapy to be beneficial.

We find that most patients enjoy art therapy at our clinic as it allows them to relax and gives them time to contemplate on their recovery and their future goals.

As traditional therapies can be emotional and sometimes challenging, art therapy can be an enjoyable way to relieve some of the stress and tension that inevitably occurs during individual or group counselling sessions.

Will Art Therapy Help Me Get Better?

If you are open to the idea of engaging in art therapy, you will find that it has many benefits and can be a useful tool in terms of helping you to get better. Many patients find that art therapy provides them with an opportunity to express their feelings and emotions through painting, drawing, or sculpture.

Using your imagination to express yourself and communicate your feelings can be a powerful tool and can promote the healing process. You may find that there are certain things that you find difficult to put into words. It could be memories of things that happened to contribute to your illness or things that you did while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

With art therapy, you may find it easier to say what you want to say. Expressing yourself through art can help you to fully engage in your programme of recovery and may improve your chance of long-term success.

How Does Banbury Lodge Use Art Therapy?

Art therapy at Banbury Lodge tends to take the form of a group therapy session where you will have the chance to express yourself through a specific art form. Our therapists use a variety of art therapy techniques to help you communicate your feelings and emotions.

In some sessions, you will work independently on a piece of art while in others you will be encouraged to work with other patients on a collaborative piece. During art therapy sessions, one of our therapists will help to guide you through the process of exploring your emotions, memories, and experiences.

What Are the Benefits of Art Therapy?

Art therapy has proven to be an effective tool in the treatment of substance abuse and behavioural disorders. When used as part of a comprehensive recovery programme, the chances of success increase dramatically.

One of the biggest benefits of art therapy is the fact that it allows you to say what you want to say, without actually verbalising it. Many patients find that there are things about their past that dredge up strong feelings of guilt and shame.

A process known as incident drawings is often used to enable patients to express their feelings of self-destruction or loss of control. At Banbury Lodge, we know that language is not always the best way for you to communicate how you are feeling, and we understand that art therapy can give you a much-needed outlet.

With this type of therapy, you may also find that your creative pieces will give you the opportunity to raise issues that can lead to a deeper conversation with your therapist or counsellor. Some patients find it easier to express what they want to say through paintings or drawings in the first instance. Once they have done this, they may be more open to a discussion with their therapist.

Why Choose Banbury Lodge?

We offer a comprehensive recovery programme that will provide you with the opportunity to overcome your illness in the shortest amount of time. If you or someone you love needs help for addiction, we can help.

We can offer immediate access to our clinic where you will be treated by some of the best therapists and doctors around. We also have a team of support staff who will ensure that your stay with us is comfortable and as enjoyable as possible.

It is our goal to help you overcome your illness and we do this by providing you with a programme of care that has been designed with you in mind. When you arrive for treatment at Banbury Lodge, we will assess your situation to ensure that we choose a programme that will work for you.

Your plan of care is likely to include a variety of traditional therapies such as individual counselling, group therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. It will also include holistic alternatives such as the aforementioned art therapy.

Your comfort and safety during your time with us is very important and we want to assure you and your family that you will be taken care of by our dedicated team. Our clinic is free from distractions and temptations, allowing you to focus completely on your recovery.

If you would like more information on how art therapy is used to treat addiction, or if you want further details about our treatment programmes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.