The Annual Recovery Art Show – Tallgrass Recovery holds an annual art show and this year it was hosted at Exposure. Tallgrass Recovery is a community-based partnership designed to bring together diverse groups of individuals from all demographics to establish a dialogue on the struggles of addiction and the beauty of a life of recovery. Art is a powerful tool to initiate discussion of difficult issues like addiction. At Tallgrass Recovery, our vision is to help individuals and families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction get their lives back; a life they never imagined possible. By combining art and our vision at Tallgrass Recovery we have created a community based discourse displaying the effects of addiction and how individuals survive the disease. This is a free event, open to the public. Each year this event strives to reduce stigma, educate the public, and provide an outlet for community members to express their experiences with addiction.
It has been theorized that individuals who suffer from substance abuse affect at least 4 to 5 people due to their addiction; often these are children. With more and more adolescents coming into recovery, whether it is the individual who suffers from the disease of addiction, or it is a family member, friend, or loved one, we want to make sure each person knows they are welcome to participate in this event.
With the combination of a longer exhibition and accompanying school aged children, the greatest outcome is providing a platform to bring addiction and recovery to the conversation. Many of those who have made it into a life of recovery understand that telling their story, sharing their journey of recovery, can have a healing effect. Art can be used as an outlet to express one’s journey. By shedding light on this issue, our hope is that it will change some of the pre-conceived ideas of addiction and recovery.