Substance abuse takes a toll physically and spiritually. It is easier to address the issues that come up with right and wrong answers, but the truth is none exist. Every person is able to walk through recovery differently. One of the approaches some people tap into when in recovery is the power of writing and journaling. Getting one’s thoughts and feelings out onto papers can be very beneficial and therapeutic. Consider some of the following tips for tapping into the power of creative writing in recovery.


Put Pen to Paper

Though some people in recovery may make a willful choice to improve their lot in life, the fact is not everyone goes into recovery thinking it will be all roses. Most people are uncomfortable discussing underlying issues which led to addiction. Creative writing therapy can provide a way to open up in recovery and learn to own personal stories and narratives. In the right setting, creative writing can allow a person who used drugs or alcohol to address inner emotional issues without airing them into the world for everyone to see. Some in recovery may find blogging therapeutic but not everyone wants to air ‘dirty laundry’ for the public to discuss, comment on and dissect. People in recovery may be especially raw after drastic changes have led to recovery and may not be ready to get in front people to share.


Does it Work?

Creative writing can work for those who let it work. When a person is instructed in a writing session, the person may be able to tap into nonfiction, fiction and poetry exercises designed to allow the person to say what cannot fit onto a page. When taking a class, as it finishes, the friend may discover many new things about themselves previously unknown. Though people may not be sure if creative writing works, it is not a cure-all to be sure. It is one way to support an individual through recovery. It is one tool in recovery that can increase chances of feeling connected to the self and getting motivated to move forward.

Whether or not a modality works depends on the person’s ability to focus and find space to do what is necessary to get out what he or she means to say. It is not for every person but it is worth a try, to see what comes up. Classes and instructors who offer support for individuals in recovery can offer help for people who are wanting to try this modality for therapeutic benefit but are unsure how to get started.


At Cypress Lake Recovery, we bring integrative therapies to life during treatment. Our unique vision of synergizing holistic and therapeutic treatment creates an effective treatment program for addiction and dual diagnosis issues. Call us today for more information, at 1-866-217-2636.