HOW THE CREATIVE PROCESS TRANSFORMS ADDICTS
When people are suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, their brains have become completely attached to dangerous chemicals and no longer function within full capacity. In the most severe cases, people will attempt to trigger a spiritual awakening and open their minds to boost creativity, only to fall into a deeper hole than before. Although many forms of recovery and therapy can be helpful, the continuous cycle of meetings, medications, and therapy topped with a boring job can create a black-and-white, monotonous world. For some addicts, their lives need a little splash of color (literally and figuratively). Let’s take a closer look at how the creative process transforms addicts.
Awakening the Mind
In many cases, artwork can open up doors that were previously barricaded by the poisons of drug addiction and alcoholism. As children, we adore painting, crafting, and (most importantly) using our imaginations. As you may have guessed, addicts regain the chance to unlock their childlike innocence and purity by taking part in classes or activities related to the pure, simple medicine known as art. Watercolor painting, sculpting, sewing, crocheting, dancing, singing – these tasks and much more have been proven to help addicts regain control of their turbulent brains.
Where Do I Start?
Obviously, one obstacle can prevent addicts from taking the first steps to reemerging into the creative circle: where to start. We did not even mention half of the artistic activities people can take part in, so imagine the difficulties a person (one who has already had a difficult time making choices) faces while deciding on an activity to tackle.
As part of a recent project called The Creative High, Adriana Marchione (an arts therapist, educator, and filmmaker from San Francisco, California) has been observing people who suffered from substance use disorder and have held onto their creative outlets. A recovered addict herself, Marchione explains how she originally believed she needed to sever her ties with creativity to focus on her health. Ultimately, though, she found that private art (versus artwork for major collections) was a much better alternative, as she would not have to mingle with people at museums and other venues where the temptation of booze would be too great. Over the years, besides filmmaking, Marchione has also taken up Argentine tango and improv performance and has worked as a curator. If anything, her story proves that you will always be your greatest supporter and audience.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
As much as we do not like to admit it, drug addiction and alcoholism are not going anywhere anytime soon, but the good news is that you can easily find a way to overcome these illnesses. Take some time to peel away the black-and-white filter of your life and find a creative outlet, whether you are the addict or are a companion to the addict. Art will always be a wonderful way to heal.
If you, a friend, or loved one is suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these substances. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn about how you can overcome your attachment to drugs today.