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.