For a few weeks women in recovery at Demeter House worked on a new project coordinated by Dawn Brown, Residential Specialist at the program.
The theme was “Butterflies” and clients had to come up with an inspirational quote that they would vote on to represent recovery.
The quote they chose was “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she emerged into a beautiful butterfly” and they painted a beautiful canvas representing the quote.
As a group they decided to paint the bottom black representing addiction, the caterpillar inching its way to the safety of the net, becoming a chrysalis, which represented treatment, and eventually emerging into a butterfly flying to the light of recovery.
Working on art projects can be very beneficial in recovery. Art helps individuals struggling with addiction process their emotions, express their feelings and can enhance the effectiveness of a substance abuse treatment program.
“I think our clients captured this beautifully and they were so amazed by what they had just created,” said Dawn, “it was awesome!” “The canvas will be displayed in the house for many others to see and admire.”
About Demeter House
Demeter House is an innovative, residential substance abuse treatment program located in ArlingtonVirginia, where women can focus on addiction treatment in a comfortable, gender-specific program. Guided by qualified professionals, women learn step-by-step how to manage their addiction and regain their health and control over their lives. When the program opened in 1989, it was the first residential substance abuse treatment program in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that allowed mothers to bring their children with them to treatment.
Every day, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.