The following is a quote from playwright Norman Fedder:
“Rather than discussing and analyzing personal problems with a therapist, you’re guided through the embodiment of them. You have the opportunity not only to play yourself in relationship to the threatening figures in your life and mind, but also to rehearse more effective ways of dealing with them, and to gain insight from observing others playing you.”
With many techniques to be used in recovery, drama therapy is a unique, creative form of treatment that allows people to express themselves and learn new things from different perspectives. According to the North American Drama Therapy Association, “drama therapy is the intentional use of drama/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals.” Drama therapy allows participants to “tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis.”
There are several ways in which drama therapy can be utilized: through role play, using objects and materials, wearing masks and costumes, using storytelling, games, improvising, puppetry, creating “rituals”, acting in progressive stages, and more. For those of us with addiction, we often place damaging labels on ourselves that make it challenging to change our perception. Drama therapy allows us to explore other labels and experiences through acting and interpreting events. Through this, we may also come to new understanding and realizations about our addiction and/or mental disorder, which can further assist us in developing healthier coping mechanisms and further enrich our relationships with others.
According to Good Therapy, there are 5 main objectives of drama therapy:
- To promote positive behavioral changes
- To improve interpersonal relationship skills
- To integrate physical and emotional well-being
- To achieve personal growth and self-awareness
- To improve overall quality of life
Drama therapy has been shown to enhance self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline. It has been shown to help people find alternative ways to express anger as well as more improved ways of coping with upsetting life situations. If you’re considering drama therapy, speak with a reputable treatment center to find out if this could be an option for you.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery treatment center. If you’re ready to seek treatment from substance abuse, call us today at 888-743-0490 for a consultation. We offer drama therapy as well as a variety of other artistic options for you to develop tools for self-expression, self-awareness, understanding, healing, and more. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need.