Over the many years that I’ve been creating artwork, I’ve come across many different types of people. Unfortunately, some of those people have addiction issues. While some individuals have positive addictions others have some that are life-threatening. The good news is that many individuals have turned to art to help fight their addiction. Some people prefer to go to the gym, others prefer to hit galleries and some even choose to create original pieces of art.
How Art Can Help You Battle Addiction
I recently came across an article about a specific individual. His name is Brian Menish and he had some troubles with addiction. Brian originally turned to substances to try and overcome some of the emotions he was feeling over his parents divorce. Feeling as though it was his fault entirely, he turned to drugs and alcohol versus taking another approach. Shortly after starting his journey, it became a serious problem.
Brian got into a serious motorcycle crash after spending time drinking at a friends house. He wasn’t expected to survive the crash.
Thankfully, he survived but not without months of therapy. Brian now walks with a limp and has severe damage to his right hand. He’s now painting with his left hand, attending art school, and is now getting good grades. Oh, he’s also still sober and has been for three years. Click here to see some of Brian’s work.
I commend Brian on his great recovery process and for having the courage to battle his addiction through art.
I’m not trying to single Brian out here by any means. I wanted to get my point across here which is quite simple, art can help many people battle addictions. If you’re having trouble battling an addiction, pick up a paint brush and see where it takes you. Another option is to hit a few art walks or open galleries in your local area. If you’re in the Miami, FL area, there are events once a month in Wynwood, a small art district of Miami. Chances are you’ll be able to find a gallery or art show nearby regardless of where you live.
Another option is to connect with a local artist and simply ask them to have a cup of coffee with you. You can also ask if they’d be willing to show you some artwork and discuss the meaning behind the pieces. I believe that doing so helps individuals shift their mind get them thinking about art versus their addiction. If you’re struggling with anything at all. I’m confident that you can get over that river. All you need is confidence, support, and maybe a little art.
Some of the pieces of mine that immediately come to mind are the abstract pieces as well as the old man and cigar paintings that I create. Old men have so much wisdom and knowledge and the abstract pieces are filled with emotion that can be interpreted differently by every person. If you find a piece of art that makes you feel good and reminds you that you can make the right choice and live a happy life, then I say buy it! Either that or pick up a paint brush and create a piece yourself.