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Expressive therapy for addiction treatment

Expressive therapies, such as music therapy and sand tray therapy, are often used at Marworth to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals in addiction treatment programs.

Music therapy
By creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music, our certified music therapist helps groups of patients strengthen their natural abilities and transfer them to other areas of their lives to aid in addiction recovery. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication for those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

A musical background is not needed for a patient to benefit from this type of therapy.

Musical therapy in the addiction rehabilitation setting provides opportunities for Marworth patients to:

  • Increase motivation to become more engaged in treatment
  • Explore personal feelings and issues such as self-esteem or personal insight
  • Make positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Have a sense of control over life through successful experiences
  • Enhance awareness of self and environment
  • Express oneself both verbally and non-verbally
  • Develop coping and relaxation skills
  • Support healthy feelings and thoughts
  • Improve reality testing and problem-solving skills
  • Interact socially with others
  • Develop independence and decision-making skills
  • Improve concentration and attention span
  • Adopt positive forms of behavior
  • Resolve conflicts, leading to stronger family and peer relationships
  • Improve overall physical wellness

Sand tray therapy
By manipulating sand and figurines in a tray to build miniature scenes and landscapes, patients have the opportunity to portray feelings and experiences that are difficult to verbalize. It helps promote self-control, communication, emotional release, anxiety reduction, safety, and therapeutic metaphors.

Sand tray therapy in the addiction rehab setting is beneficial to a wide variety of individuals, including those struggling with:

  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Grief and loss
  • Attachment issues
  • Defense mechanisms
  • Verbal communication
  • Confronting painful emotions

Call Marworth at 800-442-7722 to speak with an admissions counselor. You can enroll in a substance use recovery program yourself or refer someone else for treatment. Many people are referred to Marworth by a family member, family doctor, therapist, employer, employee assistance program, insurance provider, clergy, community organization or another drug and alcohol center.

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