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Recovery and Creativity

February 27, 2021

Rebuilding your lifestyle can be the perfect time to get creative. Many experience feelings of restlessness and need a healthy outlet for their emotions, especially in the early stages of recovery. Starting a creative habit could provide the outlet you need. There are countless ways to express yourself, allowing you to find the form of hobby or pursuit that suits you best. By cultivating your creativity, you will be able to express your emotions and experience the satisfaction of creating something new. Watching yourself create things will help you internalize the idea that you are capable of accomplishing your goals, which in turn will make you more confident in other areas of your life. By letting creativity enter your life, you can help make your recovery a more expressive and fulfilling process. 


If you’re like most people, you probably drew for fun as a child, and then did not pursue the practice as you got older. Remember, though, that drawing is a universally-accessible creative activity. All you need is any sort of writing tool and any sort of paper. You can use an ink quill on parchment or a crayon on a cardboard box. 

Drawing is an inexpensive, enjoyable way to get your feet wet with creative expression. If there is a particular subject that you’ve always wanted to draw, such as flowers or faces, you can practice sketching it every day. Over time you will be able to see your progress. Observing your abilities improving can help instill in you feelings of motivation. It will also help you become confident in your ability to progress in other things that you put time and effort into. Drawing is a low-stakes, accessible means of curbing restlessness and promoting healthy expression throughout recovery. 


Though you probably have at least some experience with drawing, sculpting tends to be a relatively new experience to most people. Sculpting can provide a fresh, stimulating endeavor to a creative mind in a healthy format. Sculpting is an art form that demands patience, focus, and intention. The skills that sculpting requires you to cultivate will help you on your path of recovery. 

Sculpting comes in a variety of forms and can be done with all kinds of material. Some forms of sculpture, such as paper mache, can be made using materials you may already have in your house. Like drawing, sculpting offers you a visual representation of your progress. It can be helpful to take a picture of your sculpture after every session and keep track of how far you’ve come.


Your recovery can serve as the perfect chance to pick up a new instrument. Learning to play an instrument can be an invigorating task that is both fun and rewarding. Developing new skills is a positive way to cultivate discipline in yourself. It will take time, effort, and dedication to become proficient at playing an instrument, and you will ultimately be a better person for it. Recovery can require tremendous amounts of self-discipline, and learning to play an instrument can help you enjoy cultivating it.

In fact, providing yourself with discipline in positive contexts is one of the keys to maintaining positive momentum throughout your recovery. Associating that discipline with enjoyment and self-improvement will help you be more disciplined in every area of your life. Learning a new instrument is an effective activity to undertake while in recovery because it provides you with an enjoyable pastime and simultaneously helps you to develop crucial self-discipline. 


Painting can be another exciting creative pursuit to explore over the course of your recovery. Like with drawing, you can use a wide variety of types of paints to create art upon surfaces from traditional canvases to pottery, wood, or a person. Finding which painting style you enjoy most will help you express yourself most fully. Learning to paint will provide you with an outlet for cathartic expression. Many people regard painting as a calming and relaxing activity.

Painting lessons are available all over, and can even be done remotely on your computer or phone from the comfort of your home. Taking painting classes can be a healthy way to be social during recovery and combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, and can also help to hold you accountable to your progress over time. Sharing in the creation and enjoyment of art with another person can form lasting friendships and foster feelings of belonging.


Recovery is an opportune time to pick up a creative hobby and express yourself artistically. It’s common for those in recovery to experience feelings of restlessness and boredom; starting an artistic endeavor can provide the antidote to these feelings. Drawing is a largely accessible avenue to start being creative. You may already have everything you need right in your house. If you are looking for a novel form of creative expression, sculpting can be a great way to dive into a stimulating world that helps you develop patience and intentionality. Learning an instrument can be an enjoyable and rewarding means of developing discipline, a critical skill for keeping your recovery moving forward. Painting classes are easy to find and can help you learn a new creative skill and be more social. For more information about addiction, treatment, and recovery, reach out to True Recovery, located in Orange County, California. We provide personalized guidance for every step of your recovery, from intake and detox to aftercare and helping you live your new life with purpose and fulfillment. Call us now at (866) 399-6528.