Thursday, December 12, 2013
Expressive art therapy for addiction
Addiction Blog Published: December 5, 2010
PARKER LANIER: My sponsor used to tell me that if I stopped drinking and worked this program to the best of my ability things would happen in my life that I couldn’t even dream of, Of course I wanted to know what, what, what kind of things? I know now it doesn’t work that way, it is Faith. Trust the process. I guess the flowering of my creativity and the lives that have touched me because of it have been ONE of the many pleasant surprises I have known in sobriety.
I would like to tell you that I had some kind of creative “moment of clarity” but as with most things it came from doing something I wasn’t comfortable doing. My old school sponsor pushed me and had me do things I did not want to do. He said that was essential in changing the way I looked at my role in the world. One day he said he thought I should keep a journal of my meetings, thoughts, problems fear etc. After I pitched a bitch, I went to the store and bought myself a fancy new leather-bound journal. Being “King-shit of Turd Mountain”, I had to have a fancy journal. If I could have afforded a Mont Blanc pen I probably would have bought one of those too. As you may have guessed, I didn’t write much but I started drawing the other funny drunks and addicts in my meetings. I wasn’t really a doodler as a child. I do remember my dad would always turn a paper placemat over at a restaurant and draw the outline of an old car. He would then pass it around the table and we would add funny things to it. It passed the time till the food got there. Another hidden inspiration may have come from a book of Rube Goldberg cartoons my Uncle Charles would study with me. Of course MAD Magazine was a big influence as well.
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