P Psychodrama therapy is an effective strategy for those who are recovering from substance abuse as this method encourages the recovering addict to practice empathy, look at a situation from another perspective, relearn forgotten skills and confront feelings that were never properly dealt with. This type of method focuses on role playing and is common in family group meetings as it puts the addict or the family member is the other person’s shoes to help mend family conflicts and strength the addict’s support system.
Particularly this method of therapy has a high potential to cause relapse if the professional is not properly trained in guiding and administering the technique properly. Many times an addict’s past is full of traumatic events either as a child or during the downward spiral of addiction. Psychodrama therapy has the potential to cause anxiety and shame depending on the internal conflict. However, when properly implemented this technique can help self-understanding, empathy, and relational awareness.
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