Utilizing Art Therapy to Increase Hopefulness and Self-Worth Among Adults with Substance Use Disorders: Breaking the Stigma

dc.contributor.authorReed, Nora
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-10T19:55:32Z
dc.date.available2020-12-10T19:55:32Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractThis qualitive research study investigated the effectiveness of art therapy to increase hopefulness in sustained recovery, overcoming stigma associated with substance use history, effectiveness of group art therapy, and establishment of self-worth among adults with substance use disorders (SUD). A qualitative study is traditionally utilized to gain understanding of underlying reasons, opinions and motivations. This study allowed participants to experience and gain understanding of self-worth through art-making, instead of traditional verbal communication. Participants were members of an out-patient treatment group, included both men and women and ranged in age from 18 to 65 years old. Participants completed pre- and post-assessments and engaged in four art therapy directives specifically determined to elicit thoughts, feelings, and emotions related to perceptions of hopefulness and self-worth. Themes were determined from analysis of the data and utilized to determine results of the study. An analysis of the data indicated themes of increased relaxation, hopefulness, and confidence. These results could help validate utilization of art therapy with adults in substance use treatment as an effective and valuable method for treatment.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12770/182
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectArt therapyen_US
dc.subjectSubstance abuseen_US
dc.subjectHopeen_US
dc.subjectSelf-esteemen_US
dc.subjectSubstance abuse--Treatmenten_US
dc.titleUtilizing Art Therapy to Increase Hopefulness and Self-Worth Among Adults with Substance Use Disorders: Breaking the Stigmaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreenameMaster of Arts in Art Therapyen_US
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