5 Reasons Writing Leads to Believable Hope

A quiet room. A computer. A pen and paper – the ingredients of writing. Writing can be such a lethargic process during one’s recovery. At our facilities, we encourage writing as an integral part of our built-in scheduling and provide our patients with time to reflect, keep journals or incorporate Sobriety Calendars to help keep track of progress along the way. When you let go and allow your mind to spill out onto the screen or paper, writing can be therapeutic, personal and even revelational.

Everyday individuals benefit from 12-Step Recovery Journals, writing exercises and the act of writing itself, in which the potential for raw self-discovery can lead one directly to Believable Hope, and thus lifelong sobriety. All you need is compassion and honesty within. Here are 5 reasons why writing is a key tool in recovery:

1. Addiction becomes less shameful and more real. The simple act of writing something down can make the embarrassing, shameful or even painful seem more real, and less overwhelming.

2. Encouragement of responsibility. When you write from the heart, you write for yourself – and when you let your thoughts take the wheel, honest words often emerge. This is your conscious pushing you to face your limitations, then reach beyond what you thought possible.

3. Spiritual enlightenment. Writing can be meditative because it takes stillness and intuition, and a connection between mind and body – a connection to the soul, even. Hours of writing can feel like ten minutes. Finding and accepting a higher power and sense of spirituality is made possible.

4. Connecting the dots. You never know where your thoughts will lead you. Releasing yourself from boundaries and restrictions through writing makes it possible to connect personal stories of how, when and why addiction took hold – and how the elements of Believable Hope have or can come together for lifelong sobriety. Writing makes it easy for the lightbulbs to go off, and you may just have an epiphany that changes everything.

5. YOU are in control. Oftentimes it feels as though addiction has all the control. Writing, however, puts the individual in control. We are able to challenge and speak directly to addiction, thereby setting in place what we actually want from life.

What does writing mean to you?

Source: Psych Central

One thought on “5 Reasons Writing Leads to Believable Hope

  1. Hello there. I was just reading “5 reasons writing leads to believable hope” on your blog when i noticed a rather unfortunate typo in the first para, namely “lethargic” instead of (i assume) cathartic. Thought you might like to know in case you are able to correct this.
    I am a recovered alcoholic and also have been on buprenorphine for pain pill dependence for about 7 years now. I have lapsed into isolating except for the 2 days a week when i do voluntary work . I keep meaning to go back to AA and get involved there, but have been putting it off for so long now that i seem to have “good” reasons for not going back, including:
    1. Don’t believe in god or a higher power any more (richard dawkins’ “the god delusion” was probably the final nail in the coffin for me there)
    2. Don’t feel part of the AA fellowship any longer (although still active in a service role with AA), and doubt whether i can fit into their programme now
    3. Being on suboxone (buprenorphine) maintenance treatment makes me feel too different from AAs struggling to get/keep sober without chemical help.
    I have also just read “Believable Hope” and was encouraged by the idea of a fellowship catering for people with dual diagnoses. Perhaps this would be more suitable for a person in my situation-i am also diagnosed as suffering chronic severe depression, and am on two antidepressant meds for same. Do you have groups running in australia, specifically perth, western australia?
    Thanks,
    Michael R.

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