What is Recovery Art? Recovery Art is a method of self-therapy created by artist Sharon Metcalf from her life long recovery from childhood trauma, an eating disorder, and depression. It incorporates mixed media art, creative journaling ( both written and art), and the 12 steps/ 8 principles to help in the journey toward a life of recovery, sobriety and health.
1) for the purposes of this methodology, ” clean” means that a person is not engaging in the behaviors that cause self harm or harm to others and has begun to investigate ways to pursue sobriety and recovery.
2) for the purposes of this methodology, “Sobriety” means that a person is living a healthy lifestyle that promotes a healthy body, mind and spirit and chooses to do the work to maintain that lifestyle.
3) Recovery art is not affiliated with any religion or religious philosophy. It does refer to God and a higher power as most 12 step programs do. It is not geared toward any particular belief system other than the belief that any person, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, history, social status, or culture can benefit should they choose to from a relationship with said higher power. (The creator refers to herself as a “Jesus Girl” in her writings, videos, and art as her choice for her higher power.)
4) The creator is not and does not refer to herself as a therapist or counselor, but rather a participant in this methodology, like any other person seeking to heal.
5) Use of the material in the Recovery Art Method is subject to permission except for personal use. For use in a professional and or therapeutic setting, contact the artist. This Material should not be published in any way except by express written consent of the artist.
What should I expect from Recovery Art?
1) Recovery Art begins each session or therapy time with a topic identifying issues. For example , the topic might be denial.
2) Journaling or under-journaling work is usually the next thing that happens, but not always. Sometimes, the art practice happens first. We just trust the process.
3) Art practice is done almost every session depending upon the need. Many art techniques using a variety of mediums will be taught and learned. Video’s discussing the topic at hand and the art tutorials for each session will be available as they are created. If you have ever picked up a pencil, crayon or mouse you have all the creative skill you need for this methodology.
4) To keep a journal and record of some form of your recovery work.
5) To end each session with gratitude and positive healing encouragement.
Are there any rules to Recovery Art?
Yes there are 5 rules : 1) Honesty. Honestly pursue healing answers even if it’s hard. Be honest with yourself about the topics and issues you are having.
2) Don’t pursue topics that you are not to ready to handle until you feel ready. Go at your pace. Do not use this practice to replace professional help or counseling or meetings. The topics addressed in this program are general and specifically different for each person. The author/artist is not a therapist. She is simply sharing methods that have worked for her in her healing process.
3) You have all the artistic skills you need to creatively heal, trust the process.
4) Do the Work.
5) If you start it, finish it, even if it takes time.
Most importantly, get your art on, have fun, and don’t take yourself too seriously