Recovery: Poetry & Writing for a Happier You

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Poetry & Writing for a Happier You During Recovery

Everyone loves a story about recovering or fighting demons and coming out out top.  It’s the classic story.  Here are some tips you can use to get you through the addiction recovery process.

It may be a difficult day that you’re going through.  You may see those for a while, when you’re climbing the hill to recovery.  While there are a lot of different tools out there that can be used such as yoga, meditation, and eating healthier foods, writing is yet another tool that will allow you an outlet that’s not only creative it’s also therapeutic.  Here’s some tips for using writing as a tool for your success.

Write down your thoughts giving it a new twist.  You’re in complete control over what you write and how your brain will take you down specific trails that lead to pen and paper.  Keep an open mind, don’t be afraid of it, just let it flow.  If it’s gibberish or a new made up language, you get to create whatever it is.  The more you write, the more enjoyable it becomes. 

Write a letter to your mother, father, co-worker who ever may have made you feel angry, hurt you or helped you write a letter to them.  Make it fifteen pages long if necessary, write a letter a day so that person or persons can understand what you went through during treatment.  This can be a real eye opener when you read to your counselor or therapist.

Write a screenplay starring you and you.  One exercise used in therapy modalities or treatments is writing a screenplay about you are starring you and you.

It might be better to give you an example:

You:  I never trusted you, I thought you would fail, but look at you now.

Me: I never thought I could do it either, but I’m glad I did.

It sounds odd, but you’ll find it to be very effective. 

Write a short story about whatever you want.  If you’ve got a pressing issue write it down, include it in a character’s storyline, give it a beginning, a middle and an end.  Present the story to your counselor or health practitioner during your sessions to break up the monotony of treatment.  Read it to the group if you feel it’s helpful.  You can be whimsical, delightful or gloomy, it’s your story, your creation and it’s coming from the creator, YOU!

Don’t worry about being perfect.  Writing doesn’t have to be perfection.  Just spew out anything that comes to mind and get it down.  You can always go back and change it later on.  For now, you just want to get the word out, whether it’s on paper, the screen or verb into a recorder.

Using Your Device: Many cell phones include some type of recording app where you can voice record your thoughts and then type them out later on.  Using this as a tool can be really innovative because you’ll find that some of your most brilliant thoughts come when you’re least expecting it.  In the middle of the night, while driving a car or riding the bus, by keeping this app open, you’ve got fast access to your most profound thoughts that help to make a solid story. We naturally as human beings lose our thoughts quickly.  Short term memory loss, is common even in clean individuals so it makes sense to record your thoughts the moment they come. By waiting your treasures will be lost and that can be forever, so write it down. 

Usable Apps: Writing apps like Grammarly, Ginger, HemingwayApp can all give you extra tools that can make you a better writer.  Games like Verb Smash and English Idioms are excellent resources and most are free.  They can be downloaded to cell phones, computers or tablets. 

If you’re limited to resources, then stick to pen and paper.  It’s a big deal to get a blank notebook, and new pens, then writing until you’ve filled the book.  You can later look back and feel a sense of accomplishment, because it is.

Get it published to help others.  Getting your work published isn’t difficult.  Start a blog, or write your story and reach out to a publisher that specializes in assisting those facing issues with addiction.  Why? Because these publishers may have hidden resources to help with any costs that incur from the publishing process. One way to find these folks is to look up books, written on the topic.  The publishers given credit in the book, are a good place to start.

Using places like Facebook for your writing can be detrimental.  Refrain from using this site for posting intimate and personal pieces of work.  You never know who’s looking.  Potential employers, police, your ex is all people that can hack into your Facebook or other social media page.  Don’t post anything that can bite you later on.

Studying is one of the best things you can do while recovering.  If writing is something you’d like to do as a career, then go online, register for classes do whatever it takes to learn.  By learning things like language, grammar, spelling and punctuation can improve your chances of employment.  It’s never too late to learn how being a wordsmith and it can be one of the most successful careers if pursued.

By using these tools, you may find a new interest or wake up an old one. There’s very little money needed to write as a craft or hobby.  It allows you to be creative and gives you an alternate form of therapy that can reach deep within being super effective leading you to a brighter future.

If you or someone you know is suffering through issues such as depression or any other unstable environments, please contact your counselors.

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