Expressive Arts Therapy

What is expressive arts therapy in drug rehab? Discover the role of art in addiction recovery and the importance of reestablishing avenues for self-expression during the healing process. Learn how expressive arts and activity therapies can benefit individuals during treatment for substance use disorders.

Recovering from addiction can often be a difficult and overwhelming process. At South Coast Behavioral Health, we aim to provide our clients with the chance to embrace their sobriety through different modes of expression and healing.

Our treatment approach incorporates a variety of holistic treatments, including expressive arts therapy activities. This form of therapy offers our clients a chance to go within themselves and gain a better understanding of their behaviors and hardships.

As a mostly nonverbal means of treatment, expressive arts therapy offers you a chance to explore and understand internal issues that you may not be ready to discuss or address in a traditional treatment setting.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive arts therapy is a type of therapy that uses the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. It is a broad term that encompasses a variety of different approaches, all of which involve using art, music, movement, or writing to help people explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

The goal of expressive arts therapy programs is to help people increase their self-awareness and communication skills, develop healthy coping mechanisms, resolve emotional issues and internal conflicts, enhance their creativity, and promote their overall well-being.

It can be a valuable tool in addiction recovery, as it can help people to process difficult emotions and experiences they may not be ready to talk about, as well as build their self-esteem and find deeper meaning and purpose in their lives.

Through art, clients can explore their feelings without having to put them into words. This can be a powerful tool in addiction recovery, as it can help clients to process difficult emotions in a safe and supportive environment. Expressive art therapy also helps clients in managing triggers, reduce stress, and improve coping skills. 

Types of Expressive Arts Therapy

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Expressive arts therapy is a holistic form of therapy that uses various forms of creative expression. It’s a great way to tap into your artistic side while also working through difficult emotions. These expressive therapy sessions can also be helpful for those who struggle to express their emotions verbally. 

Our expressive arts therapy offerings including:
What Are The Benefits of Activity Therapy?

There are many benefits to self-expression in rehab, which is why our treatment programs incorporate these holistic healing options in our recovery approach. We believe in reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit through our expressive arts therapies.

When you are struggling with an active addiction, your self-expression and sense of worth are dampened by the substances you are abusing and the consequences they have on your life. Our expressive arts groups help reignite your connection with yourself and give you a chance to take back control of your life.

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Expressive Arts Therapy Services

Expressive arts therapy services provide a promising path to recovery from addiction. By addressing the body, mind, and spirit as interconnected parts of a whole, these techniques work to heal the whole person, rather than focusing on a single symptom or behavior.

Expressive arts therapy methods such as nutrition counseling, yoga, meditation, and expressive arts therapies have been shown to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. 

When incorporated into a treatment plan, holistic techniques can complement more traditional forms of therapy and help individuals cultivate a sense of self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional resilience, ultimately leading to a more sustainable recovery. Here are some of our expressive arts therapy programs. 

Art Therapy

Art therapy uses the creative process of art-making to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is a form of psychotherapy that uses art materials and techniques to help you express yourself and work through difficult emotions.

At our treatment facilities, the goal of art therapy is to help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Our certified art therapists incorporate thought-provoking art-based activities into your treatment process to promote introspection, self-expression, inner motivation, and various other tools and skills to help you achieve wellness.

When participating in this therapy form, you will be able to enjoy painting, drawing, craft building, and various other artistic activities to help you practice introspection, express yourself, and relieve stress during the recovery process.

Music Therapy

When participating in expressive music therapy activities, our qualified music therapists will use music and its elements, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony, to help you improve your physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being.


Music therapy sessions can improve:
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Whether you are listening to or creating the healing sounds of music, this therapy form can help reduce your stress and anxiety, improve your mood and self-esteem, support your emotional and cognitive development, enhance your creativity and expressiveness, and even help manage physical pain.

Our facilities offer music therapy groups run by our professional music therapy facilitators, who utilize musical sounds to promote introspection, inner motivation, healthy communication, and so much more. These music therapy group activities also incorporate hands-on participation with instruments so that you are engaged in self-expressive and creative activities to promote your healing.

Journal Therapy

Being able to write in a way where your grammar or punctuation is not important, and the only thing that matters is writing exactly what you are feeling or thinking at the moment, can be an incredibly liberating and healing experience for many people who are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Journal therapy is a type of therapy that uses writing as a way to explore and process thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can be done individually or in a group setting, and it can be used to address a variety of mental health and general life issues.

Our treatment approach incorporates expressive writing and journal therapy as a way to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences, develop healthy coping skills, improve your communication skills, learn how to set goals and make plans, and improve your mental and emotional health.

Our treatment approach incorporates expressive writing and journal therapy as a way to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences, develop healthy coping skills, improve your communication skills, learn how to set goals and make plans, and improve your mental and emotional health.

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Dance and Movement Therapy

Dance/movement therapy uses movement to help you express and work through your emotions, improve your physical and mental health, and build healthy, positive relationships. It is based on the belief that the mind and body are interconnected and that movement can be used to access and heal the emotional and psychological self.

Our movement therapy facilitators will guide you through physical activities involving dance and movements as acts of self-expression. You will be able to participate in a variety of different movement-based activities, including free-form movement, guided imagery, structured exercises, creative movement, and dance improvisation.


Psychodrama is a therapeutic approach used in addiction treatment and other mental health settings. It is a form of experiential therapy that allows individuals to explore and process their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through role-playing and dramatic enactment. Psychodrama can be a powerful tool for individuals in addiction recovery, as it helps them address underlying issues, gain insight, and develop healthier coping strategies.

Psychodrama techniques include:

Psychodrama can be used to explore the underlying issues that contribute to addiction, such as past trauma, unresolved emotions, and dysfunctional family dynamics. It can also help individuals develop healthier ways of coping with stress and emotional triggers. Psychodrama is often integrated into a comprehensive treatment program that includes other therapeutic modalities, such as individual counseling, group therapy, and medication-assisted treatment, to address the multifaceted nature of addiction.

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Expressive Arts Therapy at South Coast Behavioral Health

At South Coast Behavioral Health, we believe in treating not just the addiction but the whole person. Your healing does not have to be one-dimensional, and you deserve the chance to not only overcome your addiction but re-discover your self-worth and meaning in life through participating in expressive therapeutic activities.

Our treatment facilities offer you the chance to explore both evidence-based and holistic treatment options so that you can recover from your addiction without limitations. With our locations throughout the beautiful state of California and our dedication to providing individualized care to each of our clients, you can rest assured that you will receive the best care possible when participating in our unique and comprehensive treatment program.

If you are ready to overcome your addiction and start living a happier, healthier, and more mindful life, South Coast Behavioral Health is here to help. Our program offers the comprehensive and emotionally fulfilling treatment you need to achieve long-term sobriety and wellness.

You can call us or fill out our secure contact form now to learn more about how our program can be a great fit for you and get started on your addiction recovery journey today!

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Expressive Arts Rehab Programs in California

As a holistic and expressive arts rehab provider in California, South Coast provides treatment modalities and support from the moment you call us through the end of treatment. We understand it can be overwhelming to take the first step in seeking help for alcohol and drug use disorders.

Our holistic drug rehab centers in California:

Our substance use disorder treatment services offer holistic health for men within our medical detox and residential treatment centers in Irvine, CA.

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We provide treatment that incorporates holistic women’s health services within our medical detox and residential treatment centers in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Our addiction treatment programs offer holistic health for men within our residential inpatient facility in Costa Mesa, CA.

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We provide a continuum of care following detox and residential programs within our Newport Beach wellness center. Clients can continue their time in treatment through PHP and IOP.

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Our treatment centers in California offer a wide range of services and dedicated addiction specialists who will help you begin your journey. We believe in empowering real people to get real, lasting results in recovery. Contact us today to get started!

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You are the most important individual that we can help. You matter to us in ways that we cannot describe in words. Your life has value, and no matter how broken you think you are, we are here to help put the pieces back together.