Psychodrama therapy at Cycles of Change in Palmdale is provided as an important addition to an individualized treatment plan. Patients in drug or alcohol addiction counseling in our Palmdale location often find our psychodrama techniques extremely effective, not only during the residential treatment phase, but also as a long-term recovery tool.
What is Psychodrama?
Psychodrama therapy has been used to help people of all ages since the 1930s. Originally devised by a psychiatrist for his patients, over the decades it became apparent that psychodrama is an extremely effective way for anyone to help resolve stressful issues and problems.
Specialized therapists guide a group or individual through particular themes, using role-playing, dramatic interpretation, and other activities.
Psychodrama Techniques for Substance Abuse
Drug and alcohol problems begin for many reasons. Some people use drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms of anxiety or depression. Others became addicted through prescription drug use, or to help control fears or painful situations.
Psychodrama Therapy Helps in Many Ways, Including:
- expressing painful past situations related to addiction
- helping to explore the personal origins of the drug or alcohol problem
- practicing situations that cause fear and anxiety about leaving rehab
- improving interactions with others under the supportive environment of role-playing
- groups sessions teach interpersonal skills, and allow participants to give and receive support and understanding
Often psychodrama therapy reveals areas of distress that a person has been feeling, but was never able to talk about or admit were contributing to their addiction.
Certified addiction counselors at Cycles of Change have experience in helping those in recovery explore painful issues through psychodrama. From this, new coping strategies can be developed and new insights obtained.
Although psychodrama therapy sessions can open up mental and emotional wounds at times, because the atmosphere is open and nonjudgmental, those who use psychodrama as part of their substance abuse plan have found the experience more valuable than they believed possible.