Calling all potential Bloggers, Artists and Musicians in Recovery

Some of you know I’ve been writing for many years about my road to recovery on a holistic level. I’ve opened myself up to the entire world and what fell out from the deepest parts of myself sometimes surprised even me. I’ve found no surer way to wellness than to be creative.

So if you didn’t already know, here on we also have a sister site called Since my experience has been so life enhancing, I thought there would be no better way to give back than to give other people an opportunity to explore what writing and creativity can do for their recovery journey. Many of us create, but not so many of us have a chance to have others see our work.

My vision for this website is to inspire and empower the very talented people in our community who may be hiding in the shadows. Believe me, I know how enormous submitting something to be published seems and how remote we feel our chances are at being successful. I want this website to be an expression of the individual and the voice of the artist to be heard loud and clear. This is an opportunity for us to talk about the reality of our lives outside of meetings. I also would love to give other forms of expression a platform whether it be through art or music or any other creative genre – the possibilities are endless.

Submission is open to everyone. It is not specific to any fellowship or recovery path. It will encompass all recovering people, no matter what your circumstance or situation. This is about creating community and individual empowerment and show the world that behind every story is a real person. Please don’t be shy about coming forward. YOU matter too. My intention is to support and encourage not reject and belittle.

Everyone has something unique to offer, so don’t compare your work with anyone else. You have a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and experience inside you that the world needs.

You can get in contact with me by sending me an email at and I’ll be happy to answer any queries you may have.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Much Love

Nicky x

Nicola O'Hanlon

About Nicola O'Hanlon

Meet our Editor-In-Chief, Nicola O'Hanlon. She created this website, along with the help of the InTheRooms team in September 2015. Her work has been published in several recovery magazines, including Recovery Today, In Recovery Magazine,, Psychology Today and Reach Out Recovery to name but a few. She has also had her work published in two Feminist anthologies and a book of personal recovery stories. Born and raised in Wexford, Ireland she still lives there with her two children, Christopher and Jessica. Her background is in healing through Massage Therapy, Reflexology and Sechiem Energy Healer. She has combined her professional and life experience and now coaches women on how to empower themselves. She runs the Womens Wisdom Healing Circle meeting, on every Sunday (Noon est 5pm UK & Ireland), which is a non program specific gathering of women seeking support, encouragement and healing. Already an expert on how not to live life she is a constant seeker of new and better ways of being. Nature is her Higher Power and she believes in magic, crystals and blames the phases of the moon for her multiple personalities.
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  1. Thank you for this! I am an artist and musician looking to connect with other creatives in recovery. How can we submit our work?

  2. Oh Nicky, I think I just found my canvas… lol.

    I am a recovering ACA, a singer/musician, writer, artist-in-general. I’m definitely planning on sharing what I come up with.
    Songwriting is taking place right now, and so I’m tapping into some deep emotions.

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Look forward to sharing!

  3. What a wonderful idea creativity y is such a healer. I am interested in submitting art please let me know how I would go about doing that.

  4. Music, the Arts, Creative Writing are a few of the important tools for me in my recovery and I look forward to interacting with you through you into this website to help further it’s reach. I have been a blogger on ITR since I found the site a few years ago.

    Thank You so much for creating this and for opening it up for us to help make a difference as well, it is a wonderful thought and I hope it takes off in a positive way.

    • Thanks so much for the comment. I’d love to read some of your work and get it published on if you’re interested in doing so.

  5. Hi Nick, I am a newcomer to ACA, trying to figure it all out. I’m very happy to have found this group. I read your blog on creative recovery and it touched my heartstrings because I thank God for my creativity, without it, I don’t know how I would have survived. I dedicated my life to giving my handmade items away to family and friends.It gave me a purpose outside of my family. It calmed the voices in my head dealing with my anxiety. I now know the reasons for my insecurities were from my childhood. I continue to create and I will continue to recover.

    • That’s awesome. You could write something about the benefit of creativity in your healing process. It may inspire others.

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