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The power of writing can prove essential when it comes to your recovery. Writing helps you to let go of restrained thoughts and emotions to help you free and express yourself. Additionally, it has been shown effective for many difficulties, such as mental illnesses, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. The power of writing helps to utilize creative expression, personal growth, empowerment, confidence, and the feeling of being heard. The best part is you do not have to be an excellent writer to achieve all the benefits of writing. 

Pick a Place

In recovery, having safe and comfortable places to go and practice self-care is essential. These places allow you the security to express yourself. Designating such an area for writing can help become an extension of your internalized feelings. For example, decorating an environment to express yourself may help you feel more confident and comfortable approaching writing.

Set Goals

Like any endeavor in your recovery, you will want to start by setting reasonable goals. Writing is a form of therapy, and therefore placing a time limit for how long you will write can help keep you consistent toward writing frequently. Like therapy, some sessions might be challenging, while in other sessions, the emotions might flow. Try not to judge yourself based on one session. Consistency will help you prevail – this is why setting a time limit will help.


After each writing session, take time to reflect on your thoughts. It will help you become closer to the feelings and questions you have internally. The more you write, the more your subconscious will reveal itself.

Writing is a great coping skill that may help you recognize your mental and physical capabilities. Since it is a creative outlet, it is up to you to decide what medium you want to pursue – journal/memoir, non-fiction, and even fiction. Each medium has a way of revealing some truth about yourself. Writing also helps you focus on single thoughts as you are taking a moment to transfer them from your mind to the page. If ever you are struggling to find ways to manage your recovery, then reach out for help. At Guest House, we offer both conventional and experiential therapies to meet your needs. We work with each individual to ensure they are getting the correct treatment and moving appropriately to suit their needs. To learn more, call Guest House today at (855) 483-7800.