“It was a safe place to unwind and unload … it was my time to just think about me, and what was going on for me.” – Holly-Maree, NKMP client.
“It’s been really important to my healing. It’s opened everything up as to what I did, how I did it, and the effect it had on my family.” – James, NKMP client.
Participants of Nga Kete’s Aronui Art Therapy programme, which was introduced in April last year, describe the experience as therapeutic, fun, safe and healing.
The programme has been designed for people engaging in Nga Kete’s Addiction Services, and aims to reduce the harm of alcohol and drug use by exploring and understanding why participants use these substances and behaviours.
It includes various art modalities including interactive drawing, free expression, role play, writing, painting, sculpting, pencil, charcoal and crayon, and poetic art.
Participant Michael says art therapy is a positive way to express yourself, and had been therapeutic.
Michael enjoys art and being able to switch off and put his energy into something else rather than worry about everyday things.
“It’s helped give me another outlet to incorporate into my wellness,” he says.
Participant Holly-Maree said she was apprehensive about what to expect.
“The first day I wanted to run away, I cried, but it was just the best thing. Being out of my comfort zone is great. That’s where all my learning comes from.”
“Art Therapy has healed a lot of areas for me and it’s been really therapeutic.”
“It was a safe place to unwind and unload … it was my time to just think about me, and what was going on for me.”
Participant James said Art Therapy had been a “godsend” for him, and had brought to the surface feelings and emotions he hadn’t felt in more than 30 years.
“It’s been really important to my healing. It’s opened everything up as to what I did, how I did it, and the effect it had on my family.”
“I’d had art in one mind and therapy in another. Art Therapy allowed me to open up and talk about everything with my family.”
“I give it a 10 out of 10.”
Through art participants can explore the role alcohol and/or drugs play in their lives, the impact it has on themselves, whanau and community, their attitudes, behaviours, beliefs and values, the actions and consequences of substance abuse and an understanding of self and a life without alcohol and/or drugs, Mr Allison says.
If you think this is the programme for you, contact Nga Kete on (03) 214 5260 for a referral form.