The Art of Recovery


THE ART OF RECOVERY

Location: Grimsby

Start date: 9 January 2018

End Date: 7 March 2019

Grant: £9,910

Project: the project delivers an abstinence-based recovery programme, using art as an integral part of the recovery model. Working closely with the Drug and alcohol services, they will deliver weekly peer led art workshops to those affected by addictive behaviour. The ‘Art of Recovery’ workshops will provide support, aftercare & creative opportunities for those in or seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction & other areas of health.

Key Aims:  they aim to deliver weekly art workshops that give participants new skills, helping their self-esteem and giving them the confidence to work towards employment. In addition, they set up new peer support workshops for attendees with a recovery support network.

Efficiency: they have provided a 3 hour workshop every week that has been regularly attended. This has created a new support network and a core group of people who are helping run the group through a desire to stay well, be creative and help others going through similar situations. Their team of mentors in long term recovery are available at all times, out of work hours and is part of their ethos to do all we can to support our members in finding recovery. This service we provide on a voluntary basis and it is highly efficient in helping people find and remain in recovery.

Employment and Skills: During the project they have identified and trained 2 group members as mentors who can now deliver the ‘Art of recovery’ workshops.  3 members have been given roles as mentors in Addaction with further training to help them to support others. One of the group members has been accepted to university where she will train to be a veterinary nurse, she wants to stay in regular contact with their peer mentors, as the support has been essential to her recovery

Social and Economic Regeneration: their art and murals are all designed to help regenerate and improve the community. They are created by a team approach and encourage ownership. They have involved participants in one mural for the Humberside Fire service that helped regenerate the inside of Cleethorpes Fire station and also celebrated the history of the fire station.

Sustainability: they will continue within the drug and alcohol service on completion of the ‘Art of Recovery’ workshop. It is thanks to the support of EN: ABLE that they have been able to show Foundations and now Addaction, as well as the local council, what their value is in regards to a new recovery focus in the town.

Quotes: “I was still suffering badly with alcohol withdrawals and was completely desperate for any type of help I could get. Sam immediately took me under his wing and helped guide me on the correct path to removing alcohol from life.” - Steve Baxter, art/mural workshops and one to one addiction recovery.

“I have learnt to ditch the bad quick fixes i.e.  alcohol, self-harm, binge eating, and drugs for coping with mental health struggles. I have eventually learnt healthy strategies to stop with the unhealthy urges. It was definitely not easy in anyway, but I wanted to stop pressing this self-destruct button!” -Kate Allington, art/mural workshops, one to one addiction recovery.

The Author

Written by Lorna Hadley

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