Founder of Recoverypride.org
Michelle Peterson believes the journey to sobriety should not be one of shame but of pride.
Her mission is aligned with that of RecoveryPride, which is to celebrate sobriety and those who achieve it.
Going through recovery can be exhausting, both for the mind and the body. In recent years, alternative therapies have become increasingly accepted by professionals as supplements to more traditional approaches. These supplemental therapies, such as art and music therapy, are providing opportunities for those going through recovery to develop new coping techniques. They can provide an invaluable creative voice and skills that can be used well beyond treatment.
Using Supplemental Therapies
Alternative, holistic practices have grown in popularity over the years, and many such treatments have been adopted by therapists and recovery facilities. In particular, art and music therapy are two types of supplemental therapy that have been found to complement recovery when paired with traditional modes.
Recovery can be mentally and emotionally draining, so these sorts of therapies have the potential to provide a welcome respite from more conventional approaches. They can help reduce a variety of symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, while giving a refreshing opportunity for creativity that can continue long after treatment has ended. As supplemental therapies, however, it's important to see them only as one part of a comprehensive recovery program. The prevailing opinion of professionals is that such therapies are most effective when augmenting more traditional methods. In this way, supplemental therapies can provide further motivation and drive during recovery and can be highly beneficial in helping maintain sobriety.
Creativity has many forms, and through art therapy, you can find yourself exploring a variety of activities. This can include music, but is mostly focused on coloring, drawing, painting, and similar forms. You don't have to be a natural artist to potentially benefit from this form of therapy. Art can help people express emotions that have, in some way, been suppressed, giving artists more self-awareness and allowing them to come to terms with the issues that they face. This can really have a positive effect on the healing process that is essential to recovery. As self-expression is an integral part of this type of therapy, an artist can gain a lot in terms of esteem and confidence. Art therapy can be truly beneficial in alleviating stress and can be a valuable tool in managing and understanding feelings and behavior.
No matter how stressed or anxious we become, listening to our favorite music can be a great source of comfort and reassurance. It can calm us, validate what we feel, and divert our thoughts away from the problems we may be facing in our day-to-day lives. Even creating a simple playlist can have a positive effect on mood and energy. Music therapy seeks to harness those benefits, and others, to provide a creative platform that can help those dealing with issues, such as addiction.
Learning to play a musical instrument, such as woodwinds like the clarinet and saxophone, can be an invaluable coping tool for someone going through recovery. This sort of creative hobby can help give purpose and motivation through recovery and beyond. Composing music can potentially raise self-esteem, while allowing the creator to express feelings that can be deeply personal and which otherwise might be difficult to articulate in another medium. Music can be a priceless way to manage stress and anxiety, and be an asset to anyone in recovery. Before purchasing an instrument, you’ll want to make sure to consult a instrument buying guide.
Art therapy and music therapy can be invaluable tools for anyone going through recovery. They can remind those in recovery that they are more than their symptoms, and can give a highly creative channel for their thoughts and feelings. In the process, these therapies can really allow a person to learn a lot about themselves, and give a much-needed boost to confidence and self-esteem.