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Creativity is an evidence-based wellness practice proven as effective as peer support in enhancing a person's overall sense of well being. In her presentation, Shannon will show - through her lived experience as a professional writer and creator in recovery - how creativity is critical to helping individuals shift from a state of surviving to thriving.

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Creativity, a practice grounded in evidence and proven to be as influential as peer support, holds remarkable power in enhancing an individual's overall well-being. In this captivating presentation, Shannon, a seasoned professional writer and creator on a journey of recovery, will delve into her lived experience to illuminate the critical role of creativity in transforming mere survival into thriving.

Shannon will guide the audience through a mesmerizing showcase of potent wellness practices, unveiling their profound impact on self-esteem. Drawing inspiration from fields like sports psychology, she will demonstrate the transformative effects of visualization, creative and intuitive writing, drawing, and cognitive restructuring. These techniques, when employed, have the remarkable ability to:

  • Alleviate stress and anxiety, offering respite from their burdensome grip.

  • Elevate positive emotions, infusing life with a renewed sense of vitality.

  • Diminish depressive symptoms, allowing rays of hope to pierce through the darkness.

  • Fortify the immune system, nurturing the body's resilience and vitality.

  • Foster healthier relationships with oneself and others, forming the bedrock of personal growth.

  • Cultivate feelings of accomplishment, igniting the flames of self-confidence.

  • Sharpen concentration and focus, unlocking the potential for profound achievements.


Engaging with this keynote, workshop, or breakout presentation, attendees will have the privilege of experiencing these transformative benefits firsthand, opening doors to a deeper connection with their true selves. This transcends the realm of peer support, unlocking individual growth and development through the power of creativity. To underpin these insights, the presentation will draw on compelling statistics from reputable sources, underscoring the undeniable impact of creativity on health, healing, and transcending trauma.


By immersing themselves in this enlightening presentation, participants will:

  • Comprehend the mental, physical, and emotional advantages of incorporating creativity into their daily lives, supported by credible statistical evidence.

  • Advocate evidence-based creative wellness practices as vital recovery support for their organizations, peers, and clients.

  • Devise, demonstrate, and organize a range of creative activities and techniques within their recovery organizations, nurturing the well-being of both clients and peers.

  • Articulate the indispensable nature of creativity in the recovery journey, skillfully utilizing key sources within grant proposals to expand the traditional recovery support model.



  1. William L. White, "New Addiction-Recovery Support Institutions: Mobilizing Support Beyond Professional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Mutual Aid," 25 Sep 2012.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Charles Benayon, Founder & CEO of Aspiria Corp. and HuffPost Blogger, "How Creativity Improves Mental Health and Wellness," July 2017.

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