Addiction Trauma and Recovery Drama

Trauma creates drama. It is unavoidable. In so many addicts when we peel back all the layers and finally get to the answer to the question “why” it is often related to trauma. The answer to the question “why” must always be found in order for recovery to occur but the answer is often a difficult one because that answer can cause so much pain. The trauma comes is all forms. Everything form family dynamics to sexual abuse to legal problems to psychiatric disorders. And so it is almost inevitable that unveiling that trauma will bring with it lots of drama.

Treatment success comes with keeping that drama to a minimum and not letting it interfere with the work that must really be done. In my time as a treating physician to those with a diagnosis of addiction I can absolutely tell you that the clients with the least amount of drama have the highest success rates. Two patients with the same circumstances surrounding their trauma may have completely levels of drama in their lives. I wish I could tell you what predisposes one patient to higher levels of drama than another but I cannot. It is occasionally a personality disorder. It is occasionally a psychiatric disorder. It is occasionally those “helicopter” parents–the ones who hover and coddle too much.

Today in the treatment center was a perfect example of how drama gets in the way of recovery. A patient who was doing so well for her first couple of weeks in the program let her drama disrupt not only her own program but the program of all those around her. The power of the mind is incredible and psychosomatic symptoms are over powering but it is really all just drama. Drama is more prevalent in the pessimistic personality–but how do you make a person optimistic?

I continue to look for the answers to the questions regarding the cure for drama. In the meantime keep the drama to a minimum and you will speed your recovery process.

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