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December 30, 2017

Inspire Recovery: Creative Programming



Inspire Recovery “Creative Steps” Group Facilitator, Rolando Chang Barrero, in front of one of his mural paintings.

When dreaming up at LGBTQ-focused treatment center, the owner and staff new from day one that this was going to be a creative learning center. There are many unique characteristics that a lot of LGBTQ individuals share. Not to stereotype the LGBTQ community, but there is a lot of funky, colorful, eclectic and whimsical flair that can often set LGBTQ youth and adults a part from the rest of society. Historically, a lot of famous artists, writers, musicians and performers are LGBTQ persons. That said, for us to create a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community in recovery we knew we wanted to provide process groups that were clinically advanced in supporting core recovery topics but presented and developed in creative ways.

For instance, the majority of treatment centers include a 12 Step group in their weekly curriculum. In addition to a discussion-based 12 Step group, our clients also take part in a Creative Steps group every week. Our Creative Steps instructor is a locally-famous visual artist, Rolando Chang Barrero. Rolando has an extensive background in studying Art Therapy, was leading “art of recovery” workshops out of his studio in the Boynton Beach Art District before he started to become invited to treatment centers to lead his workshops. Rolando proudly celebrates six years clean and sober and is an incredible inspiration to not only the recovery community and the artist community of The Palm Beaches, he’s also a bright light in the LGBTQ community. We’re honored to have Rolando be a part of our creative programming at Inspire Recovery. An experienced muralist, Rolando’s Creative Steps group is in the beginning stages of designing a mural for Inspire. We will feature art projects from Rolando’s Creative Steps in future posts here on the Inspire News blog. Stay tuned for inspiring 12 Step projects to do at home!

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