Holly has been a part of initiating community circles in the area to form peer support groups. In “Raw Awakenings,” her collection of poems and essays, she talks about how her own art helped her come to terms with her son’s addiction and recovery.
“I am the parent of an adult in recovery, now long term. He is two years out. I almost lost him. He had a suicide attempt. It was a profoundly life changing experience to realize how sick he really was... It was the experience of almost losing my son that has really allowed me to step out and offer contribution of why it’s necessary to be in communion on a recovery path. It is not a solo experience, it is a community recovery.”
Jolene Brooks, one of the participants, is a recovering Methamphetamine addict. She’s been sober since 2016 and spoke about why she chose to attend the workshop and what materials she chose to bring.
“These clothes, I have been holding onto them for a while for no reason, and it’s nice to put them into something beautiful. The same thing with harboring my feelings about my addiction recovery. Letting it go and putting it into something else.”