Psychodrama Therapy Treatment & Techniques

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.

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Accreditations & Memberships

Cycles of Change Recovery is accredited by The Joint Commission. Behavioral Health Home Certification Behavioral Health Home Certification recognizes organizations that have successfully integrated primary physical and behavioral health care. The optional certification goes above and beyond what is required for accreditation and provides additional recognition.

Since its founding in 1978, The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has stood at the forefront of the addiction treatment field, speaking with a clear and unified voice on behalf of its 300 member organizations. Those organizations consist of over 600 treatment facilities which set the standard for quality, caring therapeutic services for men and women, young and old, suffering from addictive diseases. NAATP has a long history of advocating for fair and equal legal recognition of the services its member organizations provide, with the same fair and equal reimbursement benefits for the patients served by its members.