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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How Creativity Can Help Your Recovery

A little creativity comes with a long list of benefits for people in addiction recovery. For one, a creative hobby is the perfect sober distraction to fill the void you may feel after years of active addiction. 

Creativity has also been linked with better emotional health. From simple doodling to singing your favorite song, moments of intentional creativity can come to the rescue during the highs and lows of recovery.

Here are a few more ways that creativity can benefit your recovery: 
  • You’ll process your feelings. Addiction recovery comes with a host of emotions and tapping into your creativity can help you better understand and resolve those emotions so they don’t lead to relapse. 
  • You’ll ease anxiety. Even creating for 45 minutes with simple art supplies — like markers and paper — can help decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Similar to meditation, artistic expression provides a perfect distraction and mental space from daily stress. 
  • You’ll experience sober fun. An important part of lasting recovery is creating a fulfilling sober life – and finding a creative hobby can help make this happen. Creative activities promote play, after all, and can help you rediscover the fun, lighthearted part of yourself. 
  • You’ll grow your sober social circle. People bond through common experiences and interests. Joining a knitting group, for instance, can help you meet new, like-minded friends. 
About Our Holistic Therapies 
The Haven at Pismo is set apart from other California addiction recovery facilities by our unique blend of multi-modal therapies. We believe that the most successful addiction treatment programs take into account the body, mind and spirit, which are all impacted by the disease of addiction. To learn more about our specialized treatments and customized holistic therapies, call today: 805-202-3440.


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