Guest Blog – ‘A Deeper Well: Art Therapy and Depression’ by Karen Adler

05072011133“Someone once asked me, ‘Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?’

I replied, ‘Why do you assume I see two roads?’” Author unknown.

The above quote sounds all very Alice-in-Wonderland’ish but it was taken from a website entitled ‘Depression, Suicide & Self-Injury Quotes’. And it startled me out of an assumption I have long held to be the truth.

The basic assumption is that the person who continues to choose the hard road through life actually sees an alternative – that there are two roads, not just one.

In relation to depression or any maladaptive behaviour which continues to hold sway over a person’s life long past the time when that behaviour had value and relevance, I have come to believe there is choice involved.

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‘Art Changing Recovery Journeys’ by Glenda

173-7328_IMGBarwon Health Drug and Alcohol Services, together with Salvation Army Kardinia Alcohol and Other Drugs Service, facilitate ‘Making Changes’ – an ongoing therapeutic recovery group in Geelong, Victoria, for people healing from alcohol and other drug addictions. 

Art Therapy is used as part of the therapeutic processes of the group.  These processes provide insight into the difficult journey individuals undertake on the road to recovery. 

To recognise National Drug Action Week 2013, clients consented to sharing their recovery through a public display expressing their stories. An Exhibition entitled ‘Recovery Journeys Expressed’ was held at Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong during Drug Action Week – 17th to 21st of June.

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