Recovery through the Arts

Our Recovery through the Arts projects provide opportunities for those with drug and alcohol problems to develop skills and build confidence through the arts.

At Phoenix Futures we know that recovery goes beyond treatment. It’s also about focusing on a person’s wider recovery to help rebuild lives and keep them on track.

The Recovery through the Arts programme works with service users on creative projects to help reduce the risk of relapse, deepen engagement with treatment and encourage participants to think about living. This project is part of the wider Recovery through... series which includes Recovery through Nature and Recovery through Sport.



We always welcome the opportunity to support creative arts projects from innnovative organisations. 50 years on from Ken Loach's groundbreaking film, Cardboard Citizens' Community Ensemble occupies the Barbican stage to revive Cathy's story with its unique theatrical flair. This one-off performance will be followed by a panel discussion led by the BBC's Samira Ahmed focused on 'Homelessness 50 years on -what's changed?' As part of this one-off performance, you can watch a live streaming of the event here - and get involved in the discussion on Twitter via #CathyComeHome.


Our Projects

Phoenix Podcast

The Phoenix Podcast is a series of bitesize podcast episodes that highlight the positive new life recovery can bring and give advice on how to start the journey.

Our Podcast team, made up of Phoenix Futures’ staff and volunteers, wanted to use their experience in recovery to educate, inspire, and give hope to people with drug and alcohol problems, professionals, and those concerned about a loved one. > Find out more


Recovery Street Film Festival

The Recovery Street Film Festival is a filmmaking competition and festival that celebrates recovery. The project encourages anyone affected by problems relating to drugs and alcohol to make a three minute film about about recovery. The films are then shortlisted by a panel of film industry experts before being screened as part of the Recovery Street Film Festival in different towns and cities across England and Scotland.  > Find out more.


Shared Reading

The Shared Reading project at Phoenix is a programme of workshops where people come together to read and share ideas. The workshops are accessible to everyone, literature is read aloud and group members are welcome to join in or simply sit and listen. > Find out more.


The Together Project

The Together Project was established to engage those is recovery from substance misuse with the arts. Dance and drama are at the heart of the project. Participants express themselves through movement and other art forms.
We take recovery to the stage with impressive results. Because it doesn’t feel like therapy, participants respond well to this form of self exploration. > Find out more.


Want to develop, create or fund an activity?

We work with a wide range of partner organisations, volunteers and funders. If you have an interest in any of these areas and would like to make a positive difference get in touch and let's see what we can do together.

Contact James Armstrong, Director of Marketing and Innovation at

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).