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Psychodrama Therapy

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and had the urge to shout at the screen as the leading actor makes the same mistake over and over again? If only he would realize, and stop this self-destructive behavior! When it comes to our own lives, however, we tend to be just as, if not more, mistake-prone as those fictional on-screen characters.

At American Addiction Centers, psychodrama therapy allows us to achieve the rare perspective of viewing our life and addiction as an outsider would, with techniques such as role reversal that lets clients assume the identities of friends or loved ones. Much more than a “play acting” skit for fun, the psychodrama’s insight instills greater confidence in substance abuse rehab clients, and ultimately increases their chances for a successful, long-lasting recovery.

In other psychodrama exercises, the client plays the part of themselves, but with other people assuming important supporting roles. In the “double” exercise, for example, a second person will play the part of the client’s inner voice, or reflection. This can aid the client in expressing feelings or thoughts that are not yet verbalized.

Psychodrama was developed by J.L. Moreno, M.D. in Vienna during the early part of the 20th century, and has since been successfully used to treat a variety of ailments, including depression, anxiety, alcoholism and drug addiction. Among the scientific evidence in support of psychodrama:

  1. A 1992 Nursing Practice study that found two-thirds of alcoholic women who undertook psychodrama benefited from the treatment. The study’s authors noted that “alcohol problems need to be understood and treated in the social context in which they develop and thrive; psychodrama empowers problem drinkers to explore their unique social context.”
  2. A 1997 Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology study of fifty-four patients found psychodrama group therapy to be “a reliable, effective and affordable method of treatment for depression.”

Though often staged in groups, psychodrama therapy can also be used on an individual basis, with one exercise having the drug rehab clients confront and speak to their own drug of choice. Call us today at 800-890-1956.