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Art therapy is a wonderful way to work through addiction or mental health struggles. Incorporating creative activities into a treatment plan can have many positive effects. 

You do not need to be an artist or have any artistic or creative abilities to benefit from creative activities. You may find yourself creating conventionally ugly or dark artwork on purpose. That is one of the benefits of creative activities. 

Your creativity is your own, and no one needs to understand it. If you are exploring the idea of art therapy, here are a few of the benefits you may experience. 

Stress Relief 

Art can help relieve stress. Whether you decide to paint, draw, color, or work with clay, your mind can relax. 

Many people find that creating art allows them to relax and stay in the moment. Enjoy the art you are creating as well as the process. Try out different creative activities to see what your mind and body respond best to. 


Art therapy can help you learn more about yourself. Maybe you never realized how much you love mixing colors to create unique blends that match the colors of your vivid imagination. 

Or perhaps you have discovered your love of drawing and bringing images to life. Creative activities can help you to learn different aspects of yourself.

Emotional Relief

Creative activities can provide you with a safe emotional outlet. If you are dealing with intense emotional trauma, you may often struggle to find the right words to fit with what you are feeling. 

Try grabbing a paintbrush and paint what you are feeling instead. Art therapists are trained to help you look at your art and begin the process of putting words to those feelings and locating the true root of struggles.

There are many benefits to experience from trying art therapy and adding creative activities to your treatment plan. You may find that creative activities help relieve stress, provide emotional relief, and help with self-discovery, to name just a few. Everyone is unique, so try out different activities to see what your mind and body respond best to. Here at The Guest House, we understand that facing your trauma is scary. It may be hard to know where to start the journey of feeling better. We are here to support you every step of the way. Call The Guest House to learn more at (855) 483-7800.