Art Therapy as a Recovery Option for Illicit Drug Addiction
What is an Illicit Drug?
Illicit drugs are considered to be hard drugs. These can be substances such as cocaine, LSD, heroin, and hallucinogens. Health Line states that illicit drugs are grouped by their side effects and placed into four categories:
- Stimulating drugs, such as cocaine, are considered “uppers” and usually result in hyperactivity.
- Opioids such as the painkiller, heroin, cause mood changes. Changes of behavior are also followed by a slower heart rate and intake of oxygen.
- Hallucinogenic drugs like “shrooms” or LSD have the ability to alter reality, time, and space.
- Sedative and depressants are not always illegal or illicit drugs. These can sometimes take form of prescription drugs. The abuse occurs when the medication is overused and not taking according to the prescription.
How Do You Know You’re Addicted to Drugs?
Health Line, also shows a list of the addictive side effects that illicit drugs possess. For stimulants you may find that you will experience:
- lack of sleep
- always dilated pupils
Opioids use can result in:
- malnutrition, which causes weakness in the immune system
- infections transmitted by blood
- problems with breathing
- pupils that are dilated
- clumsy movement
- elevated blood pressure
- nausea/throwing up
- possible violent or suicidal moods
Okay, I Am Addicted to Illicit Drugs. What Do I Do Now?
Well, first things first, treatment. United Drug Rehab Group offers a broad spectrum of services that can help you. As a client, you will have your own addiction recovery program that is tailored specifically to you and your needs. Your recovery program will include the dual diagnosis process which requires you to work with experienced staff members. When you meet with our professional staff, you will be administered a clinically managed detox. Many clients are concerned with experiencing withdrawal symptoms; however, our sympathetic staff members will make sure that you are at ease with your detox. After you have successfully completed your clinically managed detox, you will be moved to United Drug Rehab Group’s luxury housing to spend the remainder of your addiction treatment program.
Therapy and Art
Our compassionate staff members will offer you several options as positive coping mechanisms. Some of these coping mechanisms include activities such as yoga, meditation, and art classes. You may be wondering what art has to do with addiction recovery. Art allows for you to use your creative outlet and for some people, this could be easier than talking or explaining how they feel internally. Creative Art , “can help raise self-esteem and provide an opportunity to create new experiences beyond habitual and painful emotional patterns.” Art can be anything in the form of painting, drawing, coloring, dancing, poetry, and much more.
Contact Us Now
Intake coordinators are always available to answer any of your questions or concerns. United Drug Rehab Centers consistently accepts clients on a rolling enrollment basis and does not judge or discriminate. Call us today, so we can help you set up an addiction recovery program, and teach you to communicate through creative art expression.