Thursday, June 5, 2008

Matchbox Shrines for Recovery

I had the pleasure of leading my Matchbox Shrine workshop last night at Serenity Lane in Salem. It was the “award” for one of the Intensive Outpatient Groups who had the best attendance in May. As some of the patients straggled in, their faces brightened when they realized they would be doing a creative project rather than their regular group (no offense, Paul!). There were nine patients and their regular counselor; five women and five men, so it was a great mix. The shrines that everyone created were filled with thought, emotion, and significance – all reflected hope in their sobriety and a commitment to their recovery.

The room set up and ready for the patients to arrive:

Some of the many supplies I shared:

Their creations!

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