How Drama Therapy Can Help During Recovery

Drama therapy is a creative and expressive form of therapy that utilises dramatic and theatrical techniques to help those on their recovery journey.

It is a technique that has been designed to help people understand their own feelings on a deeper level, but to also understand others’ feelings and look at things from another’s perspective.

Drama Therapy

What is Drama Therapy?

Drama Therapy is given by Registered Drama Therapists (RDT’s) in sessions for individuals or groups, depending on the needs of those in recovery at the time. It is a three-stage session consisting of a warm-up, enactment and sharing.

Techniques used can help people be expressive, creative, gain an understanding of their experiences, gain confidence, feel less isolated, set goals, develop new coping mechanisms, and more.

Some of the techniques used during sessions may include:

  • Roleplay
  • Enactment
  • Improvisation
  • Storytelling
  • Mirroring
  • Puppetry
  • Drama exercises

Each technique has its own benefit with benefits being more successful for some than others. Telling a story to an impartial audience can be incredibly healing to those who embrace drama and how it makes them feel.

Who Can Benefit from Drama Therapy

This technique can be helpful to everyone who embraces it, it is not a limited therapy for those on recovery journeys. It can be of particular benefit to:

  • Those who suffer from behavioural issues
  • Homeless individuals
  • Senior citizens
  • Those in recovery from substance abuse
  • Developmental disability sufferers
  • Abuse survivors
  • Those who are young and at risk
  • Prison inmates
  • Dysfunctional families
  • People who suffer from AIDS

Depending on your circumstances and how you engage with drama therapy will affect what you get from it; however, it can be a good therapy for those in need of a new coping mechanism during their recovery journey.

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