Recovery through Art and spirituality
I recovered and continue to recover from my sexual abuse and accompanying dangerous behavior addiction which included drug and alcohol abuse through art therapy and re-connection to God through spirituality.
This is what I discuss and teach others on my website since it is so close to my heart. It was and is my lifeline every day.
Addiction recovery and sexual abuse recovery are very similar in the way that they both rear their ugly heads at the strangest times and they both have "triggers". Right now, during the holidays, it has been a struggle for me, as it probably has been for many others out there due to the emotional nature of the season and the STRESS!!!
I have been painting like a mad woman and my family has been handing me paint brushes :) because they know how to support me at this time!
I also suffer from depression (We, as human beings, are all so beautifully complex) and it is such a pain because, wouldn't you know it, my body just happens to pick NOW to get depressed too!
The key is what do you do about it!
I paint with acrylics on whatever I can find to paint on. My dog runs away from me because I think she is afraid I might paint on her!
I go to my "sacred place" and meditate,pray and center myself every morning. I write new pages for my website because that keeps me focused on recovery. I go to church to keep me centered on God. I keep contact with friends so I don't isolate myself. I cry when I need to. Most of all, I keep the communication open with my family so I don't shut down..which would be easy and would be the biggest mistake we can make in recovery!
I hope this is helpful to someone out there who is struggling. Remember, you are not alone!
Remember: "Walk by Faith and Not by Sight"