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Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:14

The Use of Psychodrama in the Treatment of Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Children of Adverse Experiences

All or nothing tends to characterize the family that has contained trauma and/or addiction. The tendency to cycle back and forth between black-and-white in thinking, feeling and behavior, reflects the family’s problems with self-regulation consequently the family as a whole and individual members can lose their ability to “right” themselves when thrown off balance.

Behavior in families that contain trauma can range from rigid and controlled to ungoverned chaos. It’s dizzying for family members who see one thing but sense another. The family may achieve “normalcy” or more accurately a homeostasis that serves to reduce anxiety, by denying their pain and entering a cooperative delusion. Because the family members are denying the pain and fear that they carry, the inner world and the outer world don’t match up properly, what they see does not synch up with what they sense and feel and as a result family members feel as if they cannot trust their own perceptions or what others say.

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