What If You Could Act Out Your Greatest Fears?
Addicts and alcoholics typically live in a world consumed by fear. A person who is addicted to a substance may start using recreationally, yet because of underlying issues their use gets out of control. The popular way of overcoming addiction in today’s world is by attending treatment, where attendance of a twelve step program is usually encouraged. While in treatment, a person receives therapy to attempt to pinpoint problems in their life that may have led to addiction. The problem with this approach is that addicts and alcoholics, by nature, are reserved individuals. They don’t want to tell secrets of their shortcomings to someone they barely know while sitting awkwardly in a confined room. Yet, these issues need to be addressed in order to overcome them.
Drama therapy, a form of psychotherapy, was created for precisely this reason. Many times, even if a person suffering from addiction wants to be open and honest, they don’t know how. Most addicts and alcoholics lack appropriate social skills and don’t typically have a lot of trust for others. Drama therapy can provide you with the ability to explore the roots of your substance abuse while simultaneously boosting social skills. Sitting in a room talking about issues can be painful, but acting out situations that have caused hurt can help bring them to the surface.
In drama therapy, patients role play specific scenarios. Most addiction sufferers have a huge fear list, which is why in traditional twelve step meetings you’re urged to take a fear inventory. While it’s helpful to acknowledge your deepest fears, sometimes it takes more than simply writing them down to overcome them. Acting out fears can help you realize some may not be legitimate and are a figment of your imagination.
It has been said before that the only way to overcome your fears is by doing them. If you have a fear of heights, climb something high. If you have a fear of driving, drive. Role playing scenarios does just this. Many addicts and alcoholics have a fear of rejection. Acting out a scenario where you are rejected will help you overcome that fear because you’ll see being rejected is no big deal and you move on with your life. Drama therapy sessions are overseen by a trained practitioner who can help you therapeutically understand the situations you have been through and why events in your life unfolded the way they did. When you understand what happened, you create tools on how to avoid potential future circumstances.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit.
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