Untangling Truth from Lies

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Christa introduces this Gestalt-esque technique in the context of addiction and substance use but the method is wide ranging. It could be your anger, depression, etc in the other chair lying to you versus your rational or wise mind confronting it. Her blog of An Art Therapy Cookbook is full of these creative ideas! I’d be careful of pulling this out if you and/or your group are not ready to get your hands messy. LOVE the touch with the colored scarves!

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Topic: Self-Awareness, Substance Use,

Supplies Needed: Two Chairs & Multi-Colored Scarves

Prep Time: No Prep

Activity: Expressive Psychodrama Activity

Age Range: Could be brought to any age level creatively.


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Christa frames the activity’s purpose is to confront the deception our minds use to get the “feel good” that they crave.

“Euphoric recall is when a person remembers only the pleasure associated with drug use/abuse and ignores the negative consequences. This recall is a lie the addicted mind tries to convince itself is truth. That there are no consequences, and even if there are, they are worth it. When in reality, people who are in the throws of addiction can end up loosing everything they care about, and all too often their own lives.”

Every emotion/urge/drive we are overwhelmed by serves a(n) (albeit maladjusted) purpose. It’s vital to see it for what it is to be able to intentionally choose our direction.

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