One of the biggest strengths I see in using Drama Therapy is that it allows people to expand their understanding of themselves beyond just the roles of “Addict” or “Lost One.” Many people come to treatment for addiction with shame, guilt, and self-hatred for hurt they have caused their loved ones. Much of the process of healing starts with tapping into a radical self-compassion. Drama therapy is perfectly suited for holding the complexity of both taking responsibility for one’s actions as an adult, while simultaneously expressing anger or loss at the trauma one experienced as a young person.
Found this on my desk a couple weeks ago from a client at the #detox recovery center. So much talent in one little frame. The client was a special individual – even though he struggled to see it. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. And it continually amazes me the power of human connection and fortitude even when […]
Role Work for Addiction: Healing the Effects of Trauma, Shame & Regret Friday, April 27th, 1:30-4:30pm Expressive Therapies Summit Los Angeles 2018 Clients dealing with addiction may also have a history of unaddressed trauma accompanied by feelings of shame and regret. This 3-hour discussion and experiential-based workshop aims to enhance our work as clinicians by […]