Addictions Counsellor Rod Allison has developed the new Art Therapy Programme Aronui for people engaging in Nga Kete’s Addictions Services (including alcohol, drug and gambling).
Mr Allison says the programme includes elements of interactive drawing therapy and has been developed to enable participants to express themselves using art.
The aim of it is to reduce the harm of alcohol and drug use by exploring and understanding why participants use these substances and behaviours, he says.
The programme will include various art modalities including interactive drawing, free expression, role play, writing, painting, sculpting, pencil, charcoal and crayon.
Through art participants can explore the role alcohol and/or drugs plays 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, an understanding of self and a life without alcohol and/or drugs, Mr Allison says.
The eight-week pilot programme will begin on Monday.
If you think this is the programme for you, contact Nga Kete on (03) 214 5260 for a referral form.