How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

How Creativity Can Help You Process Your Addiction

Using the creative process to help rediscover the things you love outside of drugs and alcohol can help with recovery

The Healing Power of Creativity

When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol there is destruction in every part of his life. The physical being is weakened and compromised by constant bombardment with a substance. The mind is in turmoil due to the ever-present need to get and use drugs or alcohol. There is no room for anything else. When treatment begins, your rehab team of doctors and therapists give you ways to cope with cravings that bring positive forces and energy back into your life. When the cravings are no longer in control, there is newfound room in your life to create something of beauty. The creative frame of mind replaces the self-destructive frame of mind caused by addiction and leaves you peaceful, rather than in turmoil over finding drugs and getting high.

Creativity and Treatment

Most treatment programs offer you or your loved one access to creative outlets during rehab. Time spent writing, pursuing music, painting, drawing or building occupies the mind and keeps you motivated through positive pursuits. Creativity also helps you move outside of yourself and your addiction into a frame of mind that opens you up to other possibilities outside of your addiction. Your creative process begins to define you rather than your dependence on drugs or alcohol. Pursuing something you enjoy each day that brings joy to you and to others can help you begin to see yourself as someone who can contribute something positive to the world around you.

Finding Help for Addiction

Creativity can be an important part of the healing process for those who are dealing with drug or alcohol addiction. If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline – available 24 hours a day – to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.