Royal Life Centers offers several guest-centered experiential/expressive therapies to guests to promote healing through creativity, like activity therapy. As an alternative to more traditional group and individual therapy, these approaches encourage new modes of thinking. We use activity therapies because they tend to be more hands-on and work by exercising different parts of the brain.
Activity therapy, which might include art, music, and journaling for therapeutic purposes, is a form of experiential therapy. Typically this is one of the more relaxed components of our holistic approach to therapy at Royal Life Centers. Our adventure and equine-assisted therapies can also be considered experiential.
Art therapy, such as painting, sculpting, and other forms of visual art, promotes the expression of feelings and thoughts. Emotions often come out in artwork, which can relieve stress, as well as manage anxiety. Also, this can promote self-discovery and new patterns of thought and emotion. Additionally, research shows that art therapy can be helpful in treating disorders that co-occur with substance use disorder. Such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.
Journaling can be very effective in helping to treat substance use disorder, as writing down feelings and thoughts helps guests to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and cope with depression. Additionally, recording emotions on paper helps guests to discover themselves while staying strong in their recovery efforts. This type of activity therapy is an extremely beneficial coping skill for guests both during and after their stay with us.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy can:
- Promote wellness
- Manage stress
- Ease pain
- Express feelings
- Enhance memory
- Improve communication
- Promote physical rehabilitation
The connection between music and emotions can be a powerful one. We offer several seminar-style music groups on topics such as musical healing, that guests might experience the association for themselves. Music activity therapy is a great outlet for creative expression during the drug or alcohol rehabilitation process.
At Royal Life Centers, we also believe in the power of movement therapy. This is why we offer mind and body-balancing activities like yoga. Yoga is a great way to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your daily routine and has been found to relieve stress, increase self-awareness, promote healthier eating habits, and improve overall health and wellness.
Yoga may actually help the brain rebuild and rewire following neuronal disruptions caused by substance use.