The Support System of the Alcoholic: Responses and Interventions
The author will conduct a sociodramatic role play which she designed to help alcoholics and their families understand the crucial role played by a “support system” in the dynamics of alcoholism. Participants receive role cards which give not only identity but offer a wide range of specific response choices, reflecting differing attitudes and behaviors. “System” roles include the drinker, spouse, in-laws, children, school personnel, agency staff, employers, friends and others, as needed. This device facilitates effective role play by: 1. Giving fearful unsophisticated clients some direction; 2. Allowing players to choose behaviors relevant to personal experience; and 3. Providing a warm-up milieu for further Psychodrama.
A chart and paper more fully describing this pattern will be made available and discussed briefly if time allows.
KeywordsDrinking Behavior Problem Drinker Drunk Driving Alcoholic Parent Social Drinking
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