Experiential Therapy is therapy of the mind rather than the body. It is a tool to help clients examine personal relationships and initiate self-discovery on how those relationships affect current behaviors. When clients are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction examining personal relationships through experiential therapy can help them identify negative emotions triggering addictive behaviors. Clients work on role playing, use of props, and act out their inner visions and feelings.
Experiential Therapy opens a door for the clients to become more aware of their emotions, and their own needs. They relive past and present relationships, opening up about negative buried emotions that affect the choices they are making in their lives today.
Part of the purpose of participation in experiential therapy is to provide our patients with new ways to fill their daily “down time”. Individuals in treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism find this type of therapy particularly relevant, as a portion of the recovery process involves replacing hours previously occupied with searching for, acquiring and using drugs and/or alcohol with more productive and healthy activities. Compulsive behaviors are thereby swapped out with friendship and fellowshipping with other sober people.
Increasing Physical activity is also part of experiential therapy; playing softball, Yoga, and Art therapy are all good examples. The benefits of Experiential Therapy include; enriching communication in relationships, finding a purpose in life, the ability to express feelings, and decreases depression, anxiety, and raises self-esteem.
Sometimes, of course, the clients want to participate in these therapies simply because they are fun. Experiencing fun in sobriety is an important part of recovery. In the end, sharing stories of the “dark side” provides an emotional release and restores hope for a better future. Clients become part of their own solution as they create solutions for the wreckage of their past, the damage done by drugs and alcohol; the solution is healing, an experiential therapy.
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