COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A new program at the David Lawrence Center is teaching clients to open up with a blank canvas and some paint.
"Through Crossroads, my heart is blossoming. I was opening up to everything around me," says Brittany Pence.
It hasn't been a easy road to recovery for Pence who has struggled with addiction, but through art she is able to open up in ways she never thought she could.
"I've always expressed myself through art, but then I had to explain what it meant to me and that was very therapeutic to get it out and be able to talk to my peers," says Pence.
Pence has two paintings on display at the Collier County Sheriff's Office Community Gallery. "You have the AA and the NA symbols. As long as I keep those under my wings, I'll have a full recovery."
Crossroads is a residential substance abuse program for men and women. The 18 bed unit has been the heart of the David Lawrence Center from the beginning, but what is new is art therapy.
"It gives them a chance to look at their recovery in a different way from a different part of their brain," says Susan Joy Smellie, resident Art Therapist for Crossroads at the David Lawrence Center.
For the next three months, their artwork will be on display for all to see. "To see people move from a place where they might be hopeless to where they are hopeful again and to see that process play out on the art here is really moving," says Nancy Dauphinais, Crossroads clinical supervisor.
The artwork will be on display at the Community Gallery, located at the administrative offices on the second floor of the CCSO headquarters. 3319 U.S. 41 E., Bldg. J., East Naples.