Friday, July 5, 2013

Achieving Recovery Through Creativity

  Art is used in addiction recovery                services across the country and around the world because addiction is a global problem. Art prevails where words fail in expressing the dark world of addiction and triumphs in overcoming the stigma associated with this disease.

In a booklet published by the Innovators Program at John Hopkins University, the executive board explains that, “Where science analyzes and explains addiction with images of data displayed in pie charts and bar graphs, art reveals the gangled complexity of addiction with images of paint and other materials to enhance our understanding of this treatable, chronic illness.”

ARTC - Achieving Recovery Through Creativity (Wentzville) 
Art's importance to the individual in the recovery process cannot be understated and its role in raising awareness to communities is invaluable. In fact, the Innovators Program also says that "the growing consensus among substance abuse professionals confirms that addiction art complements addiction science and is a 'remarkable contribution to the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.'"
ARTC - Achieving Recovery Through Creativity (St. Louis)
The art created by the consumers of Preferred Family Healthcare in the “Achieving Recovery Through Creativity”, or ARTC, provides a creative opportunity to engage the community in the mission to assist others in achieving their potential. Through anecdotal observation and testimonial based evidence we can see that the ARTC program is making a profound impact.

$20 will fund supplies for a person working on recovery through the ARTC program for an entire month. Your gift will help change lives. To see more art and what $20 can create, visit our Facebook or Pinterest page. Click here to donate today. 

Don't miss our ARTC exhibit presented at the Fraser Leonard Gallery!
Click here for more information.

ARTC Outcomes Surveys July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012
1657 surveys completed over past two years
67% youth (18 and under)
33% adult (19 and over)
Introduced me to new activities that I enjoy.
Helped me to express my thoughts and feelings.
Gave me an opportunity to learn activities I can do instead of using drugs and or drinking.
Gave me a sense of accomplishment.
Helped me improve my ability to work with others.
Helped me discover new skills I can use in the future at school or work.
Helped me feel better about myself.
89%$20 will fund supplies for a person working on recovery to be involved in the ARTC program for one month. Your gift will help change lives, to learn more watch, Face of Recovery.

Works Cited

Santora, Patricia B., Dr, Margaret R. Dowell, Dr, and Jack E. Henningway, Dr. "Guidelines for Organizing Art Exhibitions on Addiction and Recovery." The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008. Web. 3 July 2013. <>.

"Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care." Drug Abuse Is a Global Problem.National Institute on Drug Abuse, July 2008. Web. 03 July 2013. <>.

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