Art Therapy for Patients at ASAC

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September is Recovery Month!

Art therapy is a type of therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.

As an expressive medium, art can be used to help clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities. In psychology, art therapy is used as an artistic method to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health.

Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

This year we received a grant from IDPH to help us celebrate with our clients through art therapy.

Hightower Place and King’s House in Clinton and The Recovery Center and CD+ Youth in Cedar Rapids helped their patients do just that! Over forty clients participated and had a great time expressing themselves throughout the project. Residents had their own opportunity to get creative. Pat Lammers, a professional artist, brought supplies to our locations and provided instructions, as well as support for the project.

Each patient chose a word that recovery means to them. The base of the painting is the recovery word they chose. The canvas was rotated and the same word was painted again. The end result looked like a scribble drawing that patients then filled in with color.

The artwork will be briefly displayed in the community and then returned to the original artists. They can be viewed at Deanna’s Java Café in Clinton as well as at Wit’s End Coffeehouse in Marion. More locations may be added over the next month.

What a beautiful way to celebrate Recovery Month!