Create Your Recovery at Home

Are you breaking free from your addictions?

Are you in recovery from problems with alcohol or other substances?

Are you ready to recover your more creative side?

Our new online art club could be just what you are looking for.

Create Your Recovery is for people in recovery from alcohol dependency or other substance misuse, and has been partly funded by The National Lottery.

This new Facebook live-stream event takes place on Fridays, 10.00am until 11.00am, starting on Friday 3rd April 2020.

We used to run these art groups at Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services, Hyde Park House, Mutley, Plymouth, and asked for a donation of £2.00 per session. However, the new online art group will be free, (with an option to donate if you want to, and if you can afford to.)

We start with a “check in”, and ten minutes of guided mindfulness meditation. Then we do an easy art project and chat.  Read more: What Happens at The Club?

We started running a mindfulness art club at Harbour on February 14th 2020 on a Friday. We didn’t specifically choose a Friday but this seems to work well as it is a calming space just before the weekend.

Attendance has been steady.  The simplicity of the sessions works well for this client group. Not needing to be able to sit and do a full meditation session or be any good at art. The art offers an informal space to chat, get support and relax with no agenda or expectation.

The combination of art and mindfulness helps clients to explore difficult emotions without realising they are doing it. It is a gentle way of accessing thoughts and feelings and learning to process them which is really important for drug and alcohol users and those in recovery. It is early days for this group at Harbour but I am hoping in the future to build on its success.

Jocella Peck, Harbour Drug and Alcohol Services, Plymouth

How to Join the Online Art Club

Update 25/05/20

We have made the decision to temporarily stop our Friday group, until we can safely return to The Harbour Centre.

We would like to invite all Harbour clients to join in with our two other groups instead. We run these sessions as Zoom meetings, which we stream to Facebook Live on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, at These sessions are free, and can help anyone who struggles with mental health difficulties, or social isolation, to feel happier, calmer and more socially connected.

We look forward to seeing you back at The Harbour Centre when the UK government offers guidance for how community groups can meet again safely.

Not ready to join the group? That’s OK. Grab some free mindful colouring pages here.

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