Creativity can be a useful tool in recovery. Some may already be creative and may be using creativity in many ways in their sober life. Many may feel they lack something in this area as well. I have worked with many people who believe themselves to be less than creative or to not have access to this part of themselves yet. In recovery we begin a form of exploration and often a journey of many things not yet discovered. Creative energy can be cultivated and can be an extremely helpful resource when working through emotionally difficult situations in recovery.
Having a new creative outlet can often fulfill some of the challenges we face in grieving the loss of substances and the lifestyle we are letting go of.
Art therapy has been proven to be helpful to many in recovery and therapeutic in working with improving anxiety and depression as well as helps with stress reduction, soothing the soul, and can provide a healthy escape.
Many can find ideas for creativity or get experience by taking classes at the local college or community center. There are many forms of creative art to try such as writing, poetry, music, singing, dancing, drawing, painting, jewelry making, woodworking, gardening, cooking, photography, scrapbooking, and crafting etc. You can find many ideas online on Pinterest to get examples of creative concepts as well as great photos and websites with DIY instructions to follow.
At AToN Center our Residents have opportunities to try some creative projects while in treatment and some find they really enjoy these activities. We encourage continuing to look for the interests that brings creativity out in them and to explore as they grow.
Kristin Colton, CATC
AToN Center 888-535-1516