Creativity in Recovery for Optimal Health & Well-Being


According to statistics, creativity is essential to thriving - and not just in recovery, but in all aspects of life, including health, home, community, and purpose. In this presentation, Shannon Egan will show -through her lived experience as a writer and person in recovery- how creativity is critical to shifting from a state of surviving to thriving.

While not as well known or celebrated as other types of recovery supports, creativity is an evidence-based wellness practice proven just as effective as peer support in enhancing a person's overall sense of well being. Common creative wellness practices include visualization (used in sports psychology), creative and intuitive writing, drawing and cognitive restructuring. When practiced often, these techniques can radically enhance a person’s self-esteem by:

•   reducing stress and anxiety;

•   increasing positive emotions;

• decreasing depressive symptoms;

•   boosting the immune system;

•   improving the relationship with self and others;

•  increasing feelings of accomplishment; and

•  improving concentration and focus.

By attending this keynote, workshop or breakout presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to experience these benefits for themselves by participating in a variety of creative wellness activities. These activities will empower individuals to tap into the relationship with ‘self’, thus empowering personal growth and development beyond the peer-to -peer scope. This presentation will include statistics from a variety of credible sources to highlight the impact of creativity on health and healing from trauma, and more.

presentation objectives:  


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By attending this presentation, participants will be able to list and site the mental, physical and emotional benefits of utilizing creativity in their daily lives based on statistics from credible sources.

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Attendees will be able to recommend a variety of evidence-based creative wellness practices as a form of recovery support for their organizations, peers, and clients.

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Audience members will be able to plan, demonstrate, and host a variety of creative activities and techniques at their recovery organizations to benefit the overall well-being of their clients and peers.

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Participants will be able to describe in detail why creativity is essential to thriving in recovery and utilize key sources in grant proposals to allow for more a more creative approach to  our recovery support systems and services.



  • William L. White, New Addiction-Recovery Support Institutions: Mobilizing Support Beyond Professional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Mutual Aid, 25 Sep 2012;
  • Abt Associates Inc. and Hart Research Associates and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center, Pathways to Healing and Recovery: Perspectives from Individuals with Histories of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, November 2010;
  • Am J Public Health, Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature, February 2010;
  • Charles Benayon, Founder & Ceo of Aspiria Corp. and Huffpost Blogger, How Creativity Improves Mental Health and Wellness, July 2017.
It’s time to stop merely surviving in recovery.
It’s time to thrive.
— Shannon Egan