ARTS Impact

Recovery from challenges in mental health, substance abuse and self-destructive behavior is only accomplished through participant driven empowerment. Those who seek recovery must be the main participant in their own recovery. Our organization provides tools and resources for recovery in a self driven, tangible form. As participants experience the amazing world of expressive techniques from art to music to writing and hobbies, they can learn real life, applicable skills for a healthy recovery regardless of their disease.

Our program also provides one of a kind opportunities for participants to reach a new level of recovery in a unique and personal way. This program was designed with specific goals, techniques, course work and capabilities you will not find any where else. Our founder and director, Marci Stacey, has used personal experiences, training and education with fine art, music and writing to create a program uniquely tailored to helping participants find hope and healing through validation and the power of expression.

Our program to date has helped over 150 individuals find empowerment on their Road to Recovery in Idaho Falls alone. Join the movement to use an innate desire to create to help find empowerment in recovery for those you serve.

Art Program Participant David Packer

ARTS Participant

David Packer, CBRS Worker and Case Manager shows off his very first pottery pieces.


Program Participation

Participants Served

The effects of art in recovery are powerful. According to Foundations Recovery Network, “Art therapy is useful to people undergoing addiction treatment because it provides them with ways to understand and cope with their addiction. Both art therapy and traditional therapy focus on helping a person practice introspection and healthy coping skills, but art therapy can be a great way for a person to explore aspects of his life that he might not be able to explain in a conversational way. When done in a group setting, art therapy can also help people going through addiction treatment grow closer and better understand each other’s experiences and feelings.


ARTS Expression

Every piece is just as unique as it’s creator.

  • Active imagination: using the artwork as a starting point, the person lets his mind roam in spontaneous free associations, which open the door to introspection and discussion about his feelings.

  • “Third-hand” approach: this technique incorporates help from the therapist. The person is still in control of the overall artistic vision, but the therapist assists with the production of the art.

Art therapy can be a great way for a person to work through the experiences, emotions, and issues that have led to and worsened his addiction. It offers him a safe place to communicate ideas and feelings without using standard conversational methods, and it can therefore be a refreshing change for someone who is looking for something different than standard talk-focused therapy.”

Since creating art is often a nonverbal process, and expands the ways a person can convey ideas and emotions, art therapy provides an opportunity to explore, understand, and resolve issues in a person’s life that he may not feel comfortable talking about in a regular conversation.

. . . three techniques that art therapy commonly uses. These include:

  • Gestalt methods: in this technique, the therapist helps the person work out his current feelings and experiences. The artwork might be used as an introduction into a deeper conversation, or as a tool for the person to explain his thoughts by having him describe the artwork from the artwork’s point of view.