Some of our friends from the Art of Recovery Tour were kind enough to bring their artwork into Spark of Hope today to show clients that there is fun in sobriety. These dedicated artists seek to motivate people new in recovery by showing the different outlets they used to help them succeed in their battle with addiction. Just like any other disease, addiction requires daily medicine, and for many, art is the perfect medicine.
“At the age of 11, I started using drugs,” – explains artist Manny Mendez. “By 13 I was a full-blown crackhead.”
All of the artwork on display is themed in recovery. One particularly powerful painting mixes illustrations with photos of young people who have lost their lives to addiction. Mendez walks past the painting explaining his connection to each name and face in hopes that just one person listening will hear his message of hope and recovery.
“I’m making art. I’m going on tour in Washington D.C. at the Fed Up rally. I’m not just going, I was invited. There was a time when nobody invited me anywhere,” Mendez said.
It’s common for treatment center clients to feel isolated because they are away from family and friends, but organizations like Art of Recovery aim to help clients realize that they’re not alone in their addiction battle. In South Florida alone, there are millions of people in recovery and many are trying to give back by becoming an active part in the community.
The Art of Recovery team brings artwork into treatment centers to show people the successes you can have after leaving treatment and staying sober. Mendez and his team we will be appearing at HopeFest in Lake Worth on Septemeber 10 and speaking about his artwork.
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