The road to addiction recovery can oftentimes feel long and tedious. During the process, you may face a number of physical, emotional or spiritual trials along with a few other difficult circumstances. One of the most positive and productive ways to deal with these difficulties is through creative expression. Even if you have never seen yourself as an artist before, recovery is the perfect time to begin with a new perspective.
Here are 4 highly effective types of artistic expression, each with their own specific benefits for the recovery process.
1. Painting and Drawing
Addicts often face complex emotions that are difficult to put into words. By creating a meaningful painting or drawing, you are able to bring these feelings out into the open where they can be addressed. Sometimes, the creative process brings feelings to the surface that you may have been suppressing. Either way, painting and drawing can often start conversations that help solidify your recovery and closure.
2. Singing and Playing Musical Instruments
Learning to sing or play a musical instrument requires patience and discipline. Both of these traits are vital to the long term health of a recovering addict. At the same time, the process of becoming proficient in playing an instrument often brings a significant boost to a person's self-confidence. Since so many addicts are faced with crippling guilt and doubt, realizing they are capable of growth is crucial in their journey towards healing.
Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress levels in people. Dance, when studied and practiced, is a physically demanding pursuit that contributes to strength development, weight loss and reduced stress. When dancing, addicts are also trained to turn off parts of their mind and simply react to a piece of music. This is often a necessary break from wrestling with the difficult emotional and spiritual elements of recovery.
Whether you do it in your living room, church or dancing lessons, the benefits are all the same.
There is something powerful about creating an object out of nothing. Through sculpture, recovering addicts can engage in a symbolic rebuilding process where their actions can ultimately produce a positive outcome. Instead of rearing the negative, destructive force of addiction, those in recovery will literally be able to see themselves create something that adds value to their life and those around them. As you give sculpting a try and produce your masterpiece with clay, remember that you too are a masterpiece that’s being sculpted by your everyday experiences in life.
Whatever your choice of creative outlet may be, you are not only honing a new craft but also adding more tools that can help you move forward in the perpetual battle against temptation and relapse.