How to get rid of an addiction your own – that is the question. Well, there are a lot of traditional forms of treatment.
We have already discussed a lot of DIY addiction treatment in the past. In this article, we are going to focus on Art Therapy as a form of addiction treatment.
Before we discuss about the topic at hand, here’s a bit of precautionary measure. I highly suggest that you talk to an addiction recovery professional. You don’t have to undergo formal therapy if you are not ready for such thing. However, an opinion from a professional can give you a different perspective about your problem; and that might prove to be very useful in the future.
Now that we have covered that, let’s move to Art Therapy as an addiction treatment.
What Is It?
The basic idea of art therapy is all about using art to treat the underlying conditions of addiction. In most cases, the cause of addiction can be traced back to depression or anxiety. And, this is why art therapy can work in some people.
The idea goes something like this – instead of abusing substances as a form of escape, you replace the “escape” with something more positive. In this case, the positive escape is art. If you think about, it makes sense.
Why Does It Work?
If you are doing art, your mind is in its place of its own. You can say that art is an escape; but it’s a more positive escape compared to abusing alcohol or drugs. So, what kind of art is the best?
Well, it doesn’t really matter and it all boils down to preference. This is because the underlying idea is the same no matter the kind of art one pursues, whether is sculpting, drawing or painting.
You are involving both sides of your brain – creating a sort of different realm for your brain. Furthermore, art can be more than an escape. It’s another way of relieving negative emotions in a different way.
Emotions On Canvas
Pent-up emotions are never really good. However, when the pain is too bad, we have the tendency to numb ourselves; which, in my opinion, will simply remain there causing more troubles. Picture this example.
Imagine that there is a piece of shit under the carpet in some room. The room looks the same, but it’s really bothersome as you know there is something wrong with the room (but you can’t just see it). The source of the problem? Yes, it’s the shit under the carpet.
In my opinion, pent-up emotions are like this. You may look normal, but deep down – you know there is something wrong, you just can’t pinpoint it. So, what’s art got to do with this?
Well, it’s because when you are doing art, you are free to express yourself on to your medium. Instead of numbing yourself, you are freely expressing negative emotions such as anger, anxiety and depression. However, you are doing in a very positive way, and you will feel the difference after you have “released” such negative emotions.
Without the negative emotions, your life will be much more positive. And, there’s no room for substance abuse in a positive and vibrant life.
In my opinion, art therapy can work for some individuals. However, while it addresses one of the root problems of addiction, but there is the issue of cravings. But I could be wrong, some people might say that they can successfully transfer that negative cravings into their art medium; and that itself could be form of release for cravings.
All in all, art therapy is definitely worth a try if you want to try a DIY addiction treatment. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? If it doesn’t really work well with you; well at least you have a new art to hang in your living room. Or, you could be the next Picasso, and you just don’t know it yet.
So go ahead, try it. However, don’t forget to consult a professional therapist before trying art therapy. Again, a professional opinion is always better compared to having no professional opinion.
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