Welcome to the 72nd episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. Today’s episode, we are talking recovery through art. Specifically, substance recovery, addiction, and the journey to finding hope and healing. Joining me to do this on the show today is Olivia Mendoza. 

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About My Guest

Olivia is an artist, intuitive spiritual mentor and circle facilitator. She is also a woman in recovery from substance abuse and self-harm, celebrating her twelfth year sober this July. Throughout her recovery Olivia has reignited and explored her love of art and creativity. Utilising its power for healing, connection and community.

She works 1-2-1 with other women in a healing capacity. Using art, and soon breathwork, to lovingly and gently amplify their own intuitive wisdom and connection with themselves. She believes in transcending our minds’ fears and limitations to discover and nurture who we are really supposed to be.

Olivia also facilities group healing circles. Currently focused on spiritual and self-development literature, called The Soul Library. This is a safe and loving space designed to nourish your souls and connect deeply with other women, an art often missing in current societies. It’s a space where your stories no longer need to be swallowed, they can be shared, and a place for witnessing and supporting yourselves and each other. 

In today’s show, we talk about recovery through art:  

  • About Olivia and what she does [02:23]
  • The appropriate and sensitive way to support people in recovery. [03:47]
  • How she came to recover through art and art as a form of healing. [07:48]
  • Some of the barriers for people trying to access support. [17:06]
  • What workplaces can do to encourage and keep someone on their recovery pathway [08:08]

Quotes on Recovery through Art

  • I think that labels can be incredibly useful to describe clusters of symptoms and patterns of behaviour, but I also think they can be overused and misunderstood. 
  • As a child, and as a teenager, I always loved drawing, and any form of creativity.
  • We are powerless over somebody else’s recovery.
  • Denial is hugely powerful and prevents people seeking support. 
  • I think there’s still a huge misconception that addiction is a choice and it’s not a choice. It’s an illness, it really is a mental illness and a response to trauma. 

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