Also known as writing therapy, journal therapy has long been proven helpful at helping people from all walks of life recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Journaling does not necessarily have to be a daily diary, in fact, it can be anything from a laundry list of goals to creative writing and art.
Here at Rites of Passage NW, we want our teens to be able to express themselves freely and without fear. A journal is an excellent, private outlet for teens to put down what is exactly on their mind, and get it out into the open. Sometimes, journal passages are written to be shared with others, such as in a group therapy environment, but largely, a journal is a window into someone’s private world, meant for quiet introspection.
All of our teens here at Rites of Passage NW are given a journal upon entrance, and it becomes their pet project. While we do have “assignments” in the sense of different creative ideas to help our teens along, we let the journal be anything hat they want it to be. Some teens may draw their feelings and experiences out, while others may write lengthy pages. Writing is an excellent way to get feelings and thoughts out on paper without fear of someone else’s critique. Here at Rites of Passage NW, journal writing is a daily goal for all of our teens.