Teen Substance Abuse
Creativity is positively associated with well-being, health, and overall life satisfaction. Art therapies are used to help clients achieve insight and awareness through self-exploration and self-expression. Specifically, Art therapy for adolescents can provide teens with an easier way to express themselves. A question and answer type of format can be daunting and intimidating for some teens, especially when they have to try and explain complex emotions. Because of this, art therapy for adolescents can be a much more viable solution for communication than simply having a conversation and talking about things. This can be especially true when it comes to traumatic events.
If a teen experiences something tragic, that event usually gets buried in their subconscious where it affects them in the future. These types of things are not easy for anyone to talk about, especially when there are deep-rooted emotional issues in play. Through art therapy teens can help bring these suppressed emotions to the surface so the art therapist can then focus on healing their issue(s). In our work we see that the sensory experience of making art can have a profound effect on a person?s emotions. Many times our clients get immersed in the creative process which allows them to temporarily be free from the overwhelming symptoms they are experiencing. For many teens, creating art is a break from their depression or anger. In these moments other aspects of their character come out. It so amazing to watch clients who have been shut down come to life through their creative process.