Dangerous Uncommon Sense
DANGEROUS UNCOMMON SENSE: ART FOR ADDICTION AWARENESS
CALL FOR ART AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION
As we develop the Dangerous Uncommon Sense: Art for Addiction Awareness program through 2019, Divinemoira Studio will be creating an ongoing digital gallery, utilizing our social media outlets and accessing our monthly newsletter to help facilitate awareness about addiction and recovery through creative expression.
WE SEEK INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN UTILIZING CREATIVE EXPRESSION TO FACILITATE AWARENESS.
IF YOU ARE:
-LIVING WITH ADDICTION
-KNOW/HAVE KNOWN AN INDIVIDUAL DEALING WITH ADDICTION
-KNOW/HAVE KNOWN AN INDIVIDUAL LIVING IN RECOVERY
we encourage you to contact Divinemoira Studio by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART FOR ADDICTION AWARENESS
Through creative expression, Divinemoira Studio seeks to explore the world of addiction. It is our hope that by facilitating healthy conversations, promoting education, and working to break the stigmas surrounding addition, we as a community will be better able to address the diseases that often have the power to kill those that live with them. We invite you to join us in this journey.
Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, inhalants, opioids, cocaine, nicotine, and others, or behaviors such as gambling. There is scientific evidence that the addictive substances and behaviors share a key neurobiological feature—they intensely activate brain pathways of reward and reinforcement, many of which involve the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Both substance use disorders and gambling behaviors have an increased likelihood of being accompanied by mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety or other pre-existing problems. Substance use and gambling disorders not only engage many of the same brain mechanisms of compulsivity, they respond to many of the same approaches to treatment.
Complex conditions that affect reward, reinforcement, motivation, and memory systems of the brain, substance use and gambling disorders are characterized by impaired control over usage; social impairment, involving disruption of everyday activities and relationships; and may involve craving. Continuing use is typically harmful to relationships and work or school obligations. Another distinguishing feature is that individuals may continue the activity despite physical or psychological harm incurred or exacerbated by use. And typically, tolerance to the substance increases, as the body adapts to its presence.
Because addiction affects the brain’s executive functions, individuals who develop an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is causing problems for themselves and others. Over time, pursuit of the pleasurable effects of the substance or behavior may dominate an individual’s activities.
Although all addictions have the capacity to induce a sense of hopelessness and feelings of failure, as well as shame and guilt, research documents that recovery is the rule rather than the exception, and that there are many routes to recovery. Individuals can achieve improved physical, psychological, and social functioning on their own—so-called natural recovery. Others prefer the support of community or peer-based networks. Still others opt for clinical-based recovery through the services of credentialed professionals.
The road to recovery is seldom straight: Relapse, or recurrence of substance use, is common—but definitely not the end of the road. For those who achieve remission of the disorder for five years, scientists report, the likelihood of relapse is no greater than that among the general population.
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How Art Therapy Is Used in Addiction Treatment
When a person decides to get professional help for an addiction, he has several options for what kind of treatment he can receive. Many addiction treatment centers offer their patients different kinds of therapy, such as individual, group, skills-focused, relapse prevention and art therapy. These forms of therapy are often used in combination to provide the person with multiple venues of expression and healing.
Types of Art Therapy
In art therapy, a person uses his creativity and imagination to make art that expresses himself in a healthy and productive way. The goal of art therapy is for the person to expand his forms of communication in order to better convey his experiences. The kinds of art normally used in art therapy include:
Art therapy can be a great way for a person to work through the experiences, emotions, and issues that have led to and worsened his addiction. It offers him a safe place to communicate ideas and feelings without using standard conversational methods, and it can therefore be a refreshing change for someone who is looking for something different than standard talk-focused therapy.