Whether you are an avid writer or have not written anything since your days in school, writing can serve as a powerful tool in your recovery journey. Incorporating this meditative therapy into your recovery will not only foster self-reflection but improve your overall well-being.
What Is Writing Therapy?
Writing therapy, also known as expressive writing, is a form of therapy that uses writing to explore the feelings, emotions, and traumas that might be too difficult to discuss during traditional talk therapy.
What Are the Benefits?
While everyone can benefit from better emotional awareness, writing can be particularly cathartic for those in recovery. Benefits include:
Emotional Exploration - Writing allows you to get in touch with your subconscious mind, allowing you to gain a better understanding of how you truly feel.
Emotional Release - Writing allows you to let go of any pent up emotions, decreasing your stress and anxiety levels.
Self-Awareness - Recording your actions and interactions provides you insight into your behavior and how others view you. This increases self-awareness and promotes personal growth.
Accountability - Writing down goals keeps you accountable and empowers you to stay on track.
Improved Health - Writing reduces stress and improves your mood, which helps lower blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and reduce anxiety levels.
Writings From Our Clients
Everyone has a story to tell – whether it’s a detailed account of one’s life experience, an inspirational narrative about overcoming one’s addiction, a captivating poem, or a fictional novel. Through writing, these experiences, thoughts, and emotions are liberated.
Below you can enjoy some writing samples our clients have shared.
Detox by Ariel
It’s a slow burn where before it was racing. Embers on embers, layers of an onion. There is heat but no fire. It isn't uncomfortable...
Breakout by Joe
What is security? Is it protection? Mercy? A mere feeling? A state of comfort? Or is there more to it? I found it once, or so I thought...
The Jump by Devon
As Lyn stood in the middle of the crowd, she pondered if this was how her life was meant to be. Packed like sardines, someone...
Silence Crashing by Robert
Silence gave way to thunderous crashing. Silence — crashing; silence crashing. The cycle repeating like the ticking of a ...
Reflection by Jonathan
I am not going to let the past determine my present. I will not look for self in others. I will always begin each day in peace and...
Sobriety by Dalton
As he walked down the dock he still wasn’t totally sure how he got there. Things had just seemed to fall into place. He never believed...
Tall and tenacious the mountain stood. Orange, yellow, and red-decorative wood. Unwilling to budge despite my intention. Conquered...
Hand in hand with Sugar Daddy, pupils doubled, nail polish chipped. He offers to finance a new bra — only if he can pick it...
Girl Cries “Help.” by Stacey
She’d been resisting for years. She thought no one cared. Her time was spent helping others, being in charge of her faculties...
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