Recent Study Highlights “Clown Therapy” for Addiction Recovery

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Creative therapy processes have become very mainstream in mental illness and addiction recovery treatment programs because they help individuals express themselves in a way that may be difficult to comprehend or verbalize at times. Drama therapy is an approach to addiction treatment that involves the use of drama and/or theatre processes to help clients tell their stories, identify and solve problems, express their feelings, understand others, and more. According to the North American Drama Therapy Association, participants of drama therapy can find breadth and depth to their experiences, even strengthening their own roles as they work through real-life scenarios. Drama therapy provides many benefits, including:

  • Improve interpersonal communication skills
  • Integrate physical and emotional well-being
  • Promote positive behavioral changes
  • Achieve personal growth
  • Gain self-awareness
  • Discover new ways of expression
  • Identify solutions to problems that may not have been considered before

There are several types of activities that can be done in drama therapy, and a new study highlights one: clown therapy. A 2018 study published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy sought to explore the benefits of “clown therapy” – a technique in which participants connect with their “inner clown” to tolerate and live with paradoxes that occur in their lives. This type of approach helps clients find resolve in feeling stuck in a particular problem by finding an “alter ego” of a clown; the study emphasized that through this, a person can become more comfortable with the uncomfortable and unpredictable aspects of their lives while in recovery. With clown therapy, inner and outer conflict join as the client discovers his or her own playful, foolish, and humorous side.

Drama therapy is meant to help participants connect with their emotions through acting. You do not have to consider yourself talented in this area, as it is strictly for therapeutic purposes. If you’re interested in exploring this creative approach to therapy, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. You may very well learn something that you weren’t aware of before – something that could boost your recovery.

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