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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is more than tossing paint on a canvas or doodling random shapes. Art therapy programs allow clients to use their creativity and imagination to make create art that expresses what they truly feel in a healthy and productive way. Through art, clients are able to expand the ways they communicate in order to help convey what they truly are thinking and feeling in the present. Art therapy programs for addiction in Fresno are especially helpful for those people who have underlying psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. A great benefit of art therapy in drug treatment is that it allows individuals total freedom of self‐expression and is a more open form of communication in comparison to traditional talk therapy methods. Fresno art therapy programs provide an opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve issues in a person’s life, and it gives clients a greater sense of self‐confidence and esteem. When clients develop a better sense of self‐worth, they are better able to work through their substance abuse issues.

What Are the Components of an Art Therapy?

With a Fresno art therapy addiction treatment program, you will be able to take part in a wide variety of creative activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture. Through art therapy, you also will be introduced to other forms of artistic and creative expression which have immense therapeutic value in addiction treatment and includes dancing, music, acting, and writing poetry. Experienced art therapists use all available creative mediums to create a new way to express your inner and true self in ways you never thought were possible.

For example, you can work with your therapist to design visual journals that combine words and images to detail your day‐to‐day life. You can also create family sculptures as a way to bring your family relationships to light. Additionally, therapists will allow you to create spontaneous art so you can truly get your candid thoughts and feelings to the forefront. Regardless of the medium used or your artistic ability, a quality Clovis art therapy addiction treatment program will help you communicate, self‐reflect, and better understand yourself.

What Can You Expect From Our Art Therapy

First Steps Recovery’s art therapy programs are led by experienced treatment staff who will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of each client in order to gauge their specific needs. Therapists will help each client express their long‐hidden feelings, insecurities, and emotions in a variety of ways. First and foremost, therapists will help the client work out their current feelings and experiences through the use of artwork in order to initiate deeper conversations. Second, therapists will allow clients to use their imagination and creativity by producing their own original artwork or interpreting the deeper meanings of existing artwork from masters like Van Gogh. By receiving this type of assistance, clients can feel safe and empowered to express their innermost feelings through their own work and are finally able to give those feelings a voice and then able to work through them. Art therapy programs for drug addiction give clients the tools and means to understand their addiction and help nurture the development of healthy coping skills.

Break the Cycle of Addiction with Art Therapy

If you or a loved one is seeking to free yourself from the devastating impacts of substance abuse and addiction, you want to use every tool possible to achieve that goal. To help you dig deeper into the underlying causes of your addiction, First Steps Recovery’s art therapy program will help you work through those experiences that define your addiction. If you are looking for an effective drug treatment program that features art therapy, contact First Steps Recovery today.

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Variety of Holistic Experiential Therapies We Offer

We offer a variety of holistic therapies to our clients, both experiential and evidence-based. These therapies help our clients to get in touch with their minds and bodies while undergoing treatment, promoting a sense of peace and wellness.
Art Therapy

Art therapy programs allow clients to use their creativity and imagination to make create art that expresses what they truly feel in a healthy and productive way.

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Equine Therapy

Equine therapy works with clients that have behavior issues, autism, and developmental disabilities and works with vets suffering from PTSD.

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Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy is a therapeutic intervention that utilizes nature as a backdrop, and adventure and exploration as a tool for growth and self-discovery.

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Music Therapy

Music therapy in a drug treatment setting utilizes music and various forms of musical expression in order for clients to self‐reflect as well as to assess where they are at right now and where they want to be in their recovery.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga utilizes physical postures and controlled breathing that help lengthen and strengthen the spine, increase flexibility, and help calm the mind.

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Recreation Therapy

Recreation recovery is a new way of living life. Living clean and sober opens people up to whole new ways of having fun and enjoying life.

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Physical Therapy

Physical wellness plays a huge part in the success of recovery. Maintaining a healthy weight, and getting the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and proteins are all essential to repairing the damage done by drugs and alcohol.

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Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on learning to notice thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without automatic responses.

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Medical Detox

Our detoxification program features 24-hour monitoring and professional guidance from licensed detox technicians.
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Residential Treatment Care (RTC)

A highly individualized treatment experience designed for lasting sobriety using evidence-based and holistic treatment options.
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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our PHP allows you to continue your addiction treatment program without residing at the inpatient facility.
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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our IOP offers individuals the ability to receive the high-quality, personalized level care of our rehab, but the flexibility to continue their daily lives.
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My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

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I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

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