Creative Visualization for Recovery

Creative Visualization for Recovery

Visualization is a powerful tool that can be employed for many situations including overcoming fears, pain and turmoil, inspiration, and creativity. What is visualization and how can we use it during the recovery process? 

Visualization 101: Why It Works

The brain is powerful and trainable. Studies continually show that when we visualize something we’d like to achieve, it’s more likely to happen. Sounds like magic, right? Visualization is pretty inspirational, as all you need to do is close your eyes and imagine yourself living your best life. The process of visualization can be uplifting. There are many guided visualizations if you’d like a more formulaic process. In your recovery process, you can use visualization to imagine your recovery goals being met. Visualization is meant to be a practice. The more you do it, the better it works. It’s best to do a creative visualization right after a meditation session while the mind is already relaxed and clear. Visualization works because it bypasses the conscious mind and goes directly to the subconscious. This is the realm of creativity and depth, where healing and change can take place. There’s a direct connection between the brain’s visual cortex and the nervous system. Visualization utilizes this connection and changes our emotional states.

Visualizing Recovery 

Recovery is an intense and wonderful journey that’s filled with ups and downs. Visualization can be an effective way to ground the recovery process and engage your imagination every day. Studies show that visualization works best when you engage all of your five senses. Imagine a day or situation wherein you’re experiencing total peace and a sense of achievement in your recovery. Imagine the sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and feelings of this peace. You can come back to your creative visualization whenever you want. It’s a safe space to get creative, imagine the future, and embody your recovery goals. 


Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is a premier men’s addiction treatment facility that uses eight different modalities to help our men become the best versions of themselves they can be. We teach our men that every day of their journey is something to celebrate and that recovery isn’t a sprint– it’s a marathon. To get started with Tree House Recovery, call us today at  (855) 202-2138.

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