Recovery from addiction can be a lonely, frustrating, and lengthy process. This research project asks the question: How can creative design tools encourage engagement and aid individual recovery journeys?

The project involves the co-design of design tools with a variety of recovery organisations in Brighton and Hove. One key design prototype being developed and piloted during this project is a Creative Recovery Toolkit. This is being tested with individuals in the middle stages of residential addiction treatment, to investigate the integration of creativity in the recovery process.

These tools are being designed to facilitate reflection on past experiences and comparison with present and future experiences, whilst promoting engagement in creative practice. This process has potential in three ways: As an alternative form of creative therapy, for services to tailor individual recovery support and to provide clients with a creative outlet valuable for increasing creative confidence and recovery capital.


The Creative Recovery Kit is self-contained with all materials required to complete it included. It is designed to be worked through by participants over the course of several workshop sessions.

The variety of creative recovery tasks are split over two halves: Past and present. Individuals completing the kit can tell their story creatively and compare previous behaviours to those now being developed in structured treatment.

The workshops encourage peer conversations regarding responses and the activities provide pieces of work which can then be explored further in keywork sessions. All answers are formatted into a standard template and provided to participants to act as a relapse prevention tool going forward.


Jack Champ is a designer, researcher and photographer based in Brighton, UK.  Jack was awarded a design award from the Landscape Institute in 2011, for a socially inclusive project which was then developed into a PhD research proposal.

His ongoing research interest focuses on using design methods to innovate in the field of substance misuse and develop tools which use creativity as a central element in the recovery process.

Jack has worked with a wide variety of organisations and stakeholders in London and the South of England, to co-design materials which champion inclusivity, assist staff training and attempt to nurture unique recovery journeys.


Recent Conferences / Talks / Exhibitions

May 2017

Designing Participation Conference (Organiser)

April 2017

Alcohol Research UK Conference (Delegate)

March 2017

LDoc Writing Retreat (Delegate)

February 2017

Workshop with Kingston University MA students (Facilitator)