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Sep 25, 2019
by: Carrie Larsen
Collaborative Client Art Project Shines a Light on Recovery Month
September 25, 2019 (Cleveland, OH) -- Over the last couple of months, Recovery Resources clients have had the opportunity to participate in art therapy classes through a grant from The MetroHealth System. Briannia Love with the Art Therapy Studio held classes weekly at our Pearl Road location, each class offering new ways for clients to express themselves through art. On Wednesday, September 25th, Briannia held her last art therapy class of the session, opening it up to all Recovery Resources clients. She placed a large canvas in our third floor reception area and encouraged clients to fill in the spaces. 
"This collaborative art display aims to be a visual representation of the 10 fundamental principles of the recovery process: Person-Centered, Self-Direction, Empowerment, Holistic, Non-Linear, Strength-Based, Respect, Peer-Support, Responsibility, and Hope. These principles have been identified as essential components to enable a person living with addiction and mental health concerns to live a meaningful life while striving to achieve his or her potential," said Briannia.
Clients were asked to create a visual representation of their own personal journey of healing and transformation. They could draw inspiration from one or several of the 10 fundamental principles they found most important in their recovery journey. 
"One of the clients chose to draw a black rectangle on the bottom of her section and gradually lighten the colors until they showed off a full rainbow. She told me the dark colors represent the lowest point of her addiction when she felt hopeless, and the bright colors represent her coming out the other end and finding the light," said Briannia.
When the canvas is completely filled in, it will go on display at Recovery Resources Pearl Road location.
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