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Ancohol Essay

2581 words - 10 pages

6Alcoholism 2012;48(2):99-105 Original Scientific Paper
Art therapy in the treatment of alcoholics
Mirijana Halu`an
Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Center »Sestre milosrdnice«, Zagreb, Croatia
Summary - Treatment through art therapy process lowers stress levels, re-
laxes, people communicate more freely, and this particular treatment affects
the people addicted to alcohol. Having moved from the usual method of
communication allows them personal creativity, freedom, and telling the
truth through the images. Selection of their images is a result of internal
thought processes that are difficult to express through words. Art therapy
helps boost creative thinking and creating positive change, reduces emo-
tional tension and activates multiple sensory systems. Various problems
that are handled through art therapy cover emotions, communication prob-
lems and interpersonal relationship problems within the family. Along with
art therapy it's common to listen to music at the same time (Mozart,
Vivaldi).
Keywords: Addiction to alcohol, art therapy, emotions, communication,
family relationships.
In the multidisciplinary approach and finding methods that will affect the patient's
self-regulation and activate their potentials in perception and in solving their own
problems, art therapy has a significant place.1
Treatment of people addicted to alcohol through art therapy process lowers stress
levels, relaxes and patients communicate more freely. Having moved from the usual
method of communication allows patients personal creativity, freedom, and telling
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Correnspodence to:Mirijana Halu`an, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital »Sestre milosrdnice«, Vino-
gradska 29, 10000 Zagreb, e-mail: haluzan.mirjana@gmail.com
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story through the images. Selection of images is a result of internal thought process
that is difficult to express through words.2
Art therapy is a process of inner monologue of the individual, where the thought
process is creatively and openly expressed through drawings. Free symbolic commu-
nication gives the opportunity to every individual to talk through drawings about the
problems that are difficult to expres in words (emotionally and socially acceptable).
»Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of
communication. Clients who can use art therapy may have a wide range of difficul-
ties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include, for example, emotional, behavioral or
mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions,
brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness.« - BAAT- British Asso-
ciation of Art Therapists
People addicted to alcohol have changed perceptual abilities, poorer self-image,
difficulties to express emotions; they also have...

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