One of the latest approaches to helping an addict recognize their patterns and aiding them in transforming those destructive life choices is a process known as psychodrama therapy. Use of this healing technique has become recognized among treatment professionals as one of the most impactful tools for helping recovering addicts.
You may have experienced watching a television show or movie and gotten so involved in the behavior of the main character that you wanted to shout out . . . “stop making the same mistake!” You understand that if this character would only realize what he was doing to himself and those around him; he would surely change. If only the script had been written differently; allowing the protagonist to realize what is so obvious to you.
In real life, if we could truly see how our choices directly affect those around us; we also might make different decisions. Unfortunately, we are often blind to the impact our decisions have on ourselves and our loved ones. Like the aforementioned fictional character; we often progress in a manner that leads to danger – emotionally, physically and psychologically. Because the addict is in a physical state where clear-thinking is often beyond his or her control; the ability to recognize the connection between behavior and results can be impossible.
Utilizing the process of psychodrama techniques as a substance abuse healing treatment allows the recovering addict an opportunity to better understand the dynamics his or her substance abuse has on himself/herself and those around them. Once a patient has completed their detox phase of treatment, they are typically introduced to individual and group counseling opportunities, along with a host of other treatment options to help them recognize the parts of their nature that leads to their abuse of chemicals in order to survive.
Through a process of psychodrama therapy the recovering addict is given a rare perspective for viewing their life and addiction. Participation in a series of role reversal opportunities allows the patient to assume the identities of friends, loved ones or co-workers in order to better appreciate how their decisions may impact those around them. The patients are not participating in skits for the sake of drama. Rather, they are actively stepping into the emotional and psychological shoes of those in their world.
Additionally, with well-monitored psychodrama exercises, the recovering addict also has an opportunity to play the part of themselves; but with other people playing the roles of their “significant others.” One role reversal may include them playing themselves; with another playing the inner voice or reflection of their choices. All of these role modeling opportunities provide the patient with a new perspective of their own life, as well as a distinctive perspective of the feelings and thoughts of those that love them, befriend them or deal with their addiction in some manner.
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Company Name: Cycles of Change Recovery
Contact Person: Joe Hunter
Address:36451 El Camino Dr.
Country: United States