Art therapy

Art therapy is a captivating and transformative approach that merges the power of creativity with psychological healing. This innovative form of therapy utilises artistic expression to promote emotional well-being, personal growth, and self-discovery throughout your rehab programme. By engaging in various art modalities such as painting, drawing, and sculpting, you can tap into your inner world, communicate your feelings, and explore complex emotions that may be difficult to express verbally.


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What to expect in art therapy

Combining creative expression and therapeutic discussion in art therapy for addiction creates a dynamic and transformative process. Each method employed in art therapy offers a unique approach to self-exploration and healing.

The Gestalt method…

This method invites you to create a piece of artwork that reflects your inner thoughts and emotions. As you bring your artistic creation to life, you are encouraged to verbalise the meaning behind your artwork. This process acts as a springboard for deeper discussions, allowing you to gain insights into your subconscious and explore the underlying factors contributing to addiction.

The Active Imagination method…

This approach allows you to engage in art-making without constraints. You are encouraged to follow your intuition and let your imagination guide the creation process. Through this method, your therapist may ask questions about your artwork, helping you make connections between the visual representation and your emotional experiences. This exploration fosters self-reflection, allowing you to understand better the emotions and triggers related to addiction.

The Third-hand method…

This can offer a unique perspective by having your therapist create a visual representation based on your instructions. This method can be beneficial if verbal communication is challenging. By observing your therapist’s interpretation of your instructions, you can gain new insights into your desires, needs, and emotions. It also serves as a bridge to develop and enhance communication skills, enabling you to express yourself more effectively.

Regardless of the specific method used, art therapy provides a safe, supportive, and non-threatening environment for self-exploration. Qualified art therapists, knowledgeable about addiction’s complexities, guide these therapeutic settings. You can delve into your being through the creative process, confront challenges, and discover healthier coping mechanisms. Art therapy empowers you to transform experiences and emotions into tangible expressions of healing, fostering personal growth and recovery on your journey to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Is art therapy helpful in addiction recovery?

Art therapy offers a practical and unique approach to addressing your addiction and supporting you throughout your journey to recovery.

Here are just a few ways in which art therapy can be beneficial:

  • Self-expression and exploration
  • Emotional regulation and stress reduction
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Therapeutic insights and personal growth

Art therapy can be a valuable tool in promoting healing and long-lasting recovery by harnessing the power of creativity and self-expression.


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How does art therapy complement other therapies?

At Oasis Bradford, we believe in providing our clients with the utmost support and increasing their chances of successful recovery. We integrate art therapy alongside various treatments to achieve this, ensuring a comprehensive and holistic approach.

The synergy between art therapy and other therapeutic modalities is evident, some examples of how art therapy enhances other approaches are:

  • 12-step: Art therapy works hand in hand with the 12-step approach, offering much-needed relief from the emotionally draining process of navigating the 12 steps.
  • Mindfulness-based therapies: Art therapy and mindfulness-based therapies share a common focus on present-moment awareness and non-judgemental acceptance. Combining art therapy with mindfulness practices can deepen self-awareness, enhance emotional regulation, and promote a greater sense of overall well-being.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT): Known for its focus on emotion regulation and stress management, DBT is an ideal complement to art therapy. You can explore and express your emotions through the creative process, paving the way for increased emotional resilience and enhanced coping skills.

By incorporating art therapy as an integral part of our treatment model here at Oasis Bradford, we provide a nurturing and supportive environment that encourages self-discovery, personal growth, and long-term recovery.

The next step

Discovering the profound potential of art in unlocking emotional healing can be a transformative experience, particularly during your inpatient rehab treatment. If you’re prepared to unleash your full potential and start addiction treatment with Oasis Bradford, we invite you to take the first step by contacting our compassionate admissions team today. Together, we can pave the way for a brighter future.