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Expressive Arts Therapy in Addiction Recovery at Avery Lane

At Avery Lane, we are committed to the belief in the remarkable power of creativity and self-expression as key elements in the journey of addiction recovery. The Tamalpa Life Art Process (TLAP) stands as a testament to this belief, offering a unique form of expressive art that encompasses drawing, creative writing, and movement to pave the way for healing. These artistic practices are interwoven, each enhancing and enriching the other, to create a multifaceted and profound experience. Through the act of creating, we tap into the hidden parts of our psyche, unlocking new possibilities for existence and interaction in the world. The creative journey also deepens our understanding of our identity, our past, and our aspirations for personal growth.

Expressive Arts Groups and Addiction Recovery

The expressive arts group at Avery Lane will provide a place for each participant to explore who they are and their healing journey. This group will meet each participant where they are in their process and will continue to support them as they grow. It will provide a safe environment for each participant to be witnessed and receive positive reflections on their creative process. Each session will consist of a combination of movement, drawing, and journaling/creative writing that is focused on a specific theme, such as finding resources, masking and unmasking, and internal/external boundaries. These activities will be enacted individually, in small groups, and as a whole group to build personal healing through the connection to others and creativity. In the expressive arts group at Avery Lane, we will be playing and creatively engaging with our own material on our healing journey. Throughout our creative process, we will be tuning into how we are physically and emotionally affected and paying attention to the images and stories that arise.

Benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy in Healing and Recovery

Expressive Arts Therapy provides numerous advantages:

  • Enhanced Emotional Expression: Provides a safe and supportive way to express complex emotions.
  • Increased Self-Awareness: Encourages introspection and a deeper understanding of oneself.
  • Stress Reduction: Artistic creation is inherently soothing, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Fosters a sense of accomplishment and boosts confidence.
  • Connection and Communication: Helps to build communication skills and foster connections with others.

Our Unique Approach to Expressive Arts Therapy

The creative process is a natural process of transformation, you start with your impetus and then transform it into a new form. This transformation process is one of the reasons why it can be such a powerful resource to use when working with difficult material. Through creativity, we can take vulnerable personal material and use it as the inspiration for creating a piece of artwork that is related to us but is also separate from us. It allows us to see, question, and learn from the artwork, which is outside of us, rather than looking directly at the very vulnerable and raw places within our being. This distance allows us to see more clearly how this material affects and engages us, and it also allows for only what we are ready to see to come through. The abstract and metaphorical quality of art means that we only see what is ready to emerge and what we are ready to work on within our lives.

Integrating Expressive Arts into Your Recovery Experience

The TLAP is beneficial when working with substance abuse and trauma by giving women a way to find and harness both internal and external resources within their lives, a safe space to express and embody their experiences, and a place to imagine and create new possibilities. This movement based expressive arts form provides both a deeper connection to one’s body and a way to creatively engage with one’s life. The expressive arts create a safe container to explore vulnerable areas in one’s life by engaging with one’s personal material through the use of metaphors, images, stories, and the imagination.

Discover the Healing Power of Creativity

Women can explore their emotions, process trauma, and develop healthy coping mechanisms through creative outlets like art, music, and dance. It can be a vital tool in breaking free from addiction’s grip. If you’re ready to harness the healing potential of Expressive Arts Therapy on your path to recovery, don’t hesitate. Call us today at (800) 270-2406 to learn how this therapeutic approach can support your journey toward lasting sobriety.

Holistic-Based Modalities

At Avery Lane, the Holistic-Based Modalities we employ include but aren’t limited to:

Anger Management

Effective techniques for managing anger.

Equine Therapy

Promoting emotional growth, communication, and healing.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Using creativity to facilitate self-discovery and healing.


Fostering awareness, centeredness, and mental clarity.

Nature Therapy

Harness the healing power of the natural world.

Nutrition Support

Nourishing dietary choices to aid physical recovery.


Channeling positive energy for physical and emotional healing.

Relapse Prevention

Identify and manage triggers, reducing the risk of relapse.

Sound Healing

Harmonious sounds promote relaxation and reduce stress.


Meaning, purpose, and connection with something greater than oneself.


Physical postures and meditation to enhance well-being.

Verify Your Insurance

Avery Lane has admissions specialists ready to help you determine insurance coverage and financing options. We accept most private, commercial insurance. Please note that we are unable to accept 
Medi-Cal, Medicare, or Medicaid at this time. Click below to fill out our Confidential Insurance Verification Form and we will contact you promptly.

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