At Frog, we hold it in our utmost priority to improve the lives of citizens within communities, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest potential. As a key part of the founding story of frog.net, this week we are looking into addiction and recovery and the ways in which writing can help to alleviate the stress and pain of addiction recovery.
It is not always obvious but writing about your thoughts, feelings and experiences during recovery can be extremely beneficial for maintaining personal mental health as well as being therapeutic, thereby alleviating stress. It is not about the style of the writing, it is not about the length of the writing, it is not even about the quality; the most important thing is to simply pick up a pen and paper and let all thoughts and feelings flow onto the page. Furthermore, it is entirely your own decision what to do with your work; you can keep it to yourself for personal reference, share it with close friends and family as a means of taking pride and assurance in your progress, perhaps for advice and feedback. Or, it is also possible to publish your work online or in book/magazine format which can then be distributed to a much wider audience, this may be of huge benefit to others who are struggling or need help with similar situations or experiences.
Although there are many, it is important to look at some of the most effective benefits of writing in the context of recovery. In documenting and openly exploring pain, hardship and emotional experiences in life, this provides a valuable outflow for negative feelings, frustrations, worries and stressors. It is unhealthy to keep things such as this “bottled up” and can make the recovery process infinitely more difficult than necessary. This will help alleviate overwhelming feelings, stress and anxiety as well as providing a mechanism to distribute the pressures of recovery. Writing also requires discipline and honesty, which are key values in helping develop a strong mentality, ethic and drive.
Reading back on written experiences and feelings is extremely effective when battling addiction as it provides a path for the writer to get in contact with the subconscious mind. Through this process, there are often startling realisations which can help the writer overcome a particular aspect of their addiction.
In addition to this, it is often the case that an individual can lose sight of perspective and context when caught up in the frenzy of recovery from addiction. Writing allows for one to look back at their past experiences, and not only learn from them, but understand their importance and significance, thus enabling them to maintain control of their reactions and emotional responses.
Finally, writing is a highly efficient method of keeping a chronological record of milestones and key experiences in the individuals journey to recovery. It enables the user to track progress and motivate future efforts to attain their most valued goals in life. This system provides a very rigid and supportive structure to any individual suffering and/or recovering from any type of addiction.
It is evident that the benefits which writing can bring to recovery are huge and highly effective. There is no prior training or learning required, it is such a natural and instinctively simple process; it can be done by anyone, at anytime and in anyplace. Frog would highly encourage any readers of our blog who may be suffering from addiction to write about their feelings and experiences; it can often be one of the first proactive steps to take on the road to recovery.