Art Therapy at Creative Care
It is Creative Care’s mission to deliver person-centered care as we believe this is essential for optimal recovery outcomes. Each client is an individual with unique stories and experiences and we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment in which these experiences can be shared and heard. Art therapy dual diagnosis is one of the means we employ to help our clients find their voice and express those thoughts and emotions that can be difficult to articulate in traditional talk therapy. Art therapy is particularly useful in dual diagnosis treatment. Clients suffering from co-occurring disorders often have a history of trauma and those events resist rational definition. Intuitive-based means of expression like the arts can be a powerful alternative to logical discourse in unearthing and understanding these experiences.
Art therapy has been used in the treatment of substance use disorders since the 1950s and therapists have found it to be a powerful complement to traditional talk-based therapy. Most research focuses on art therapy’s ability to reframe participants’ narratives, moving from passive destruction toward active creation. Cox and Price found art therapy was conducive to tapping the creative spark and breaking down the resistance to acceptance, suggesting its well-suited to complement a twelve-step approach to substance use disorders. Feen-Calligan also touts art therapy’s value in breaking down resistance to treatment by creating positive models of recovery.
Art therapy is most effective in dual diagnosis treatment when combined with psychotherapeutic methods such as psychodynamic or cognitive behavioral therapy. Creative Care blends such approaches in our individualized treatment plans designed to give clients the best chance at a successful and sustained recovery. Our team works alongside each client to determine the most constructive means to identify and address difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A treatment plan may also include:
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness interventions and meditation
- Activities groups
- Psychological and diagnostic testing
- Family therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Attachment-based therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.