The founder of Liberating Expressions to Grow
L.E.G. (Liberating Expressions to Grow) is a writing workshop created for nonverbal individuals struggling with addiction and recovery
This workshop is designed to use expressive writing to help individuals to open up and deal with substance abuse issues.
L.E.G. gives those that are not verbally expressive a different way to express themselves. It allows individuals that are ashamed or in denial to use second person or third person to openly share their feelings. Those that have a passion for writing can use that creative side of themselves to deal with addictive behaviors. It may open up wounds, but it will also allow individuals to heal those wounds and grow from them.
L.E.G. is an eight week workshop that will consist of four different forms of creative expressive writing.
L.E.G. is a fresh new tool for my recovery box. Which became one of my most use. Becoming aware that I could express myself anywhere at any time, so long as I could write. I learned that unlike people, paper had to listen, and it could not judge me. By getting things out I became less hindered. By cognitively thinking about some writings I became that much stronger in controlling what I did or did not do. By confronting my past, I became free. What was even more valuable is that I discovered I have a talent for writing. After years of feeling worthless that discovery made me realize that I wasn’t, and that I may even be able to make some sense out of my addiction. That I now had a choice to not allow all my experience over the past years have been in vain.
I would highly recommend trying this workshop. I was amazed at how much you can get out of just writing. I liked it most becauswe of the things that I was afraid to say, I was able to write them down and express all my emotions in writing. I recommend this workshop to anyone who has ever dealt with addiciton in their life.
I love the process, it gives me my self-worth back in a way I can't explain
This is realization and actualization at its best pushing me forwardTina M.
By the fourth phase of L.E.G. I had my direction locked in. I knew I could do better and better and receive betterRonni K.
I never knew what liberate meant, but now I do and boy do I feel free. That alone is so big for someone like me BEING FREE!Curtis A.
I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to participate in the L.E.G. Workshop. Not only do I believe it will help people free themselves of addiction, I also believe that it will play a major role in staying clean and sober. Participating in this workshop not only reminded me of how far I have come but every day clean counts.Denise W.
This workshop is truly a gift. Its amazing how just writing can educate you and others around you. How sharing what you have been through and where you come from can help and motivate others to learn how to live over again. This is a much needed workshop. A lot of people write to escape their reality but this workshop allows you to face that reality and it empowers you to grow from those experiences. I'm honored to have participated in this workshop.Robert L.
Some people say, "let go" we say liberate free yourself by exposure, express yourself by sharing your feelings, grow by not allowing the past to define who you are and keep pressing forward.Michael S.
This is literal proof of pen being mightier than the sword.Brian S.
The safest I've felt opening up in a long time.Malissa H.
Finally, a way for me to express myself and not be judged by what I reveal.Birdie K.
Liberating Expressions to Grow (L.E.G.) Expressive writing workshop was built on the foundation of love. As I sat back watching addiction destroy some of my loved ones. I couldn't help asking myself "what can I do to help them?" There was nothing I could do nor anything that I could say to make them stop using. I felt helpless.
As I pondered on the question "what I can do to help"? the feeling of love overpowered me, my compassion was so profound, my desire, need, and want to help was so strong; that it wouldn't allow me to just do nothing.
That love, that passion, and that desire is what inspired me to build Liberating Expressions to Grow and use it as a tool to help people overcome alcohol and drug addiction.I am a firm believer that there is healing in our words. For those people that don’t speak much, written words are their voice, by utilizing that voice they can be set free from addiction. By using written expressions, they can renew themselves. If they continue to liberate and express themselves, like a seed being watered they will continue to grow.
In my quest to build LEG I have obtained a substance abuse counseling license and certificates in creative writing workshop, creative writing, and poetry. I enjoy volunteering my time and services to homeless shelters, drug treatment facilities, and sober living homes. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to release those in captivity of addiction!