For many of us, understanding addiction is difficult, where people close to us have an overwhelming compulsion to engage in high risk behaviours, hazardous to their health.
Often this masks an unresolved difficulty. Expatriates can be susceptible to addictions as of then they are living in a different culture away from their family. It could affect one partner who has to travel away from their family or it could affect the person who is at home on their own trying to look after the family.
How ATIC can help
The aim of therapy is to allow a person to express and find alternative coping strategies away from avoidance. As well as understanding their triggers to the addictive behaviour and how to restructure their thinking patterns to develop more positive coping strategies.
Art Therapy uses creative psychotherapeutic interventions to enable therapeutic effectiveness. Art Therapy develops neuropsychological functioning by encouraging communication between different parts of the brain. This helps the individual to identify and resolve core issues, leading to emotional regulation, personal insight and the ability to change. Helping to break the cycle of Dopamine triggers in the brain.
ATIC’s addiction and relapse prevention programme in Dubai and Singapore combines art psychotherapy interventions with cognitive therapies to allow safe expression of emotions and to challenge negative mind-sets and encourage resilience and a more positive outlook, Enabling the person to break the cycle of addiction and to develop new neural brain pathways through experiential learning.
ATIC’s programme encourages people who may have difficulties with substance misuse or addiction to work creatively to develop new perspectives and plan new ways to achieve their goals. Sessions will focus on helping each person learn coping strategies and ways to avoid future difficulties.
ATIC has worked with government agencies such as the Central Narcotics Board (CNB) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in Singapore in implementing an Addictions and Relapse prevention programme. This programme was developed from scientific research from recent advances in cognitive and neuropsychology. Sessions are implemented using creative interventions to challenge negative mind-sets and to develop new neural brain pathways.