Research shows that creative writing positively impacts our physical well-being, and therefore, may help psychologically heal and improve the chances of obtaining long-lasting recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). People who engage in reading and writing tend to maintain sobriety for longer periods. Studies show that consistently journaling improves emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. 


The Types of Creative Writing and It’s Benefits

Creative writing allows people to learn more about themselves, release emotions they might otherwise bottle-up, and heal from the inside. Types of creative writing include, but are not limited to:

  • Short stories
  • Memoirs or novels
  • Scripts or plays
  • Rap or other types of music lyrics
  • Speeches
  • Greeting cards
  • Blogging
  • Essays
  • Comic strips
  • Journaling
  • Poetry

In treating SUDs, stopping substance use is not the only challenge, in that one should replace the negative activity with a positive and healthy one. Creative writing is such an activity that may replace the substance, and therefore, complement and promote recovery. Research indicates that writing creatively positively impacts mental health and therefore, physical well-being by:

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Improving organ function
  • Strengthening immune function
  • Spending less time in hospitals or doctor’s offices
  • Boosting mood and thus, psychological well-being
  • Lessening depressive symptoms


Do You Feel Intimidated by Writing?

It’s important to remember that creative writing for oneself does not need to be read by anyone else if you don’t want it to be. Thus, there is no judgment and no grading, just a release of feelings and emotions. Studies find that writing increases one’s self-confidence stimulates brain function, and gives one enthusiasm for life. The goal of engaging in creative writing is learning to embrace solitude and your inner thoughts that arise in this space. Since SUDs often lead to one suppressing, denying, or hiding their thoughts and feelings, creative writing may help to release these stifled emotions.


Are You or Is Someone You Know Looking for Help?

Many people feel intimidated by creative writing, but it is a solitary activity that does not require critique or judgment from others, which can aid in releasing pent-up emotions, memories, and thoughts. It may help organize one’s life and increases the ability to reflect on one’s feelings. It also leads to revelations that may lead to discovering the roots of one’s addictions by tapping into their deepest emotions. 


At Alta Loma Transformational Living, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  Alta Loma uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues.

No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness.

If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.