International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Therapeutic Experience of Drug Rehabilitation Clients through Expressive Arts Therapy
Sh. Marzety Adibah Al Sayed Mohamad, Zakaria Mohamad, Baharuddin Ismail, Raba’aton Adawiah @ Robiah Mohd Yusof

This study aims to look at the experiences that have been encountered by drug addicts when using the Expressive Arts Therapy in group counseling. A total of 30 participants were chosen as clients by using purposive sampling and they were divided into two groups. A total of 15 people had group sessions using the Expressive Arts Therapy while another 15 people had group sessions without using the Expressive Arts Therapy. This study is a qualitative research and the data were analyzed by using the results of interviews, observations and documents based on clients’ drawing. Several themes emerged after analyzing the data that give meaning, cure, awareness, self confidence and catharsis. The study finds that the use of Expressive Arts Therapy provides a forum for creative exploration as the initial process when long historical experiences are latent and difficult to be expressed by the study participants.

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