Psychodrama Therapy as an Addiction Treatment Tool

People become reliant upon drugs and alcohol for various reasons, whether to assist in coping with life situations, or to aid in pain and fear.
Psychodrama therapy has been proven to be extremely effective in addiction treatment, not only through the residential treatment phase, but additionally as a long-term recovery tool.

Aging back to the 1930s, psychodrama therapy has been used to assist individuals of all ages. Originally this form of therapy was designed by a psychiatrist for patients, but over the years has become evident that psychodrama is an exceedingly beneficial way for anyone to help resolve difficult situations and problems. 

Psychodrama therapy uses dramatic interpretation, role-playing, and other activities through groups as well as individualized therapy. This has been proven to greatly assist in life after treatment to decrease the chance of relapse. People become reliant upon drugs and alcohol for various reasons, whether to assist in coping with life situations, or to aid in pain and fear. Psychodrama therapy can help in many ways;

  • Improving interactions involving others under the supportive environment of role-playing
  • Acting out the fear and anxiety that one may have about leaving rehabilitation
  • Expressing painful situations from the past related to addiction
  • Assisting to explore the personal origins of the drug and alcohol problem
  • Group psychodrama therapy allows support and understanding to be given and received.

More often than not this form of therapy reveals areas of distress throughout a person’s life that they were feeling, but never had the chance to put into words or express in a health manner which contributed to their addiction. Certified counselors are available that assist through recovery to explore the painful issues of the past using psychodrama therapy. New coping strategies can be developed along with a new perspective.

Mirroring: An individual begins himself as the protagonist of their own story. Then, another individual within the group takes their place. The ability for an individual to witness a projection of themselves can invite positive self-reflection and understanding. People are their own worst enemy and to see someone else in their shoes can be a wonderful way to ease guilt and self-judgement upon themselves less harshly.

Doubling: There are times after traumatic situations occur where emotions can stifle and the ability to verbalize becomes challenging. An outside person, a “double”, expresses feelings for the individual who may not be able to do it themselves. When a person can watch their own emotions unfold before their eyes, the emotions become more manageable.

Role Reversal: A powerful form of psychotherapy is role reversal. As expressed previously, this technique involves playing the role of another in the scenario. Whether it be a parent, a friend, a lover or anything beyond, this can be a beneficial exercise. This has the ability to unearth compassion and understanding for each other as well as shatter communication barriers that can encourage forgiveness and acceptance.

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