Art will help drug recovery

Colac Area Health's Maureen Hayes, left, and Maude Berry will host an art therapy course for people with alcohol and drug issues.

A NEW Colac art course will provide therapy for people with drug and alcohol problems.

Colac Area Health’s alcohol and other drug service will launch its art therapy course next week.

The weekly painting sessions will be open to people with past or present alcohol or drug issues, as well as their family members.

Colac Area Health drug and alcohol clinician Maude Berry, who is also an artist, said the course helped people express their emotions.

“Some of the known benefits of taking part in art therapy can be self-discovery, personal fulfilment, empowerment, relaxation and the promotion of psychological healing,” Ms Berry said.

She said participants’ paintings would go on show at Colac’s Studio 92 during Drug Action Week from June 18.

“I’m sure we’ll get a really broad range of art being produced because we’ve got different people taking part, we’ve got an 18-year-old as well as a woman close to 60,” she said.

Colac Area Health’s Maureen Hayes, who will help lead the sessions, said art could help heal people’s problems.

“It gives people a different way to express themselves other than talking and they can put out whatever they’re feeling onto the canvas,” Ms Hayes said. The free course will start on Wednesday night at Neighbourhood House, and people interested can contact Ms Berry.

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