Experiential Therapy in Addiction Treatment
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For those who have trouble expressing themselves, alternative forms of therapy like Art Therapy, Music Therapy, or Experiential Therapy, are a great way to get in touch with their emotions, express their feelings, and sort out their thoughts.
Experiential Therapy, in particular, has worked wonders for patients who do not respond well to communication-based methods. By participating in activities such as role-playing certain situations from past events, the patient can re-experience those situations and re-process them under the therapist’s guidance and supervision.
Experiential Therapy Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds
Experiential therapy has shown excellent results in treating patients who need help with substance abuse but also suffer from a co-occurring disorder like compulsive behavior, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress and anger management, and various types of behavior disorders.
Experiential therapy can vary in form, content, and setting, but the goal is always the same – provide the patient with an efficient way of getting rid of strong feelings and built-up frustration.
Thanks to the unique location of Fountain Hills Recovery, there is an infinite number of scenarios and ways to participate in this type of alternative therapy. For instance, some patients might want to try out acting — we can create an improvised outdoor stage for them to play out different scenarios. Some patients might choose to act out a famous play from well-known playwright while others prefer to do a re-enactment of a past event from their own life. They see this type of therapy as a unique opportunity for them to tell their story to the audience and the therapist from an acting point of view.
Experiential therapy combined with empirically validated treatment methods can form a strong recovery program that can put the patient on the right path to reaching sobriety.
Some of the most notable benefits of experiential therapy include:
- Expressing emotion through nonverbal methods
- Becoming more self-aware
- Identifying obstacles and overcoming them
- Re-processing thoughts
- Clearing your mind
- Freeing yourself of the feeling of being stuck
For those who cannot find the words to say how they feel or what they think, Experiential therapy can be an essential part of their recovery process and a step towards their goals.
If you want to find out more about how our clinic can help you or if you want to talk to an addiction specialist, call our helpline, and our dedicated staff members will gladly assist you.