A journey towards awareness and acceptance through movement expression: an artistic inquiry into the role of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in addiction recovery.
(2013) A journey towards awareness and acceptance through movement expression: an artistic inquiry into the role of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in addiction recovery., no. 57.
Drug and alcohol addiction cause serious physical and psychological issues, and impact upon interpersonal and social problems (Audit Scotland 2009). Treatment and prevention of addictions is complicated. It is not merely about abstinence. It is about uncovering and aiming to resolve the issues that would make a person want to escape their mind and body. Dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) uses dance and movement as an integrative tool for change and psychological growth. With the following case study I wished to develop the understanding of where DMP could provide support for someone with an addiction. Utilising the methods of artistic inquiry (Hervey 2000), I collected empirical and personal evidence through art, movement, voice and sound, in order to uncover the issues of working with an adult in a residential rehabilitation programme. I continued to nurture the creative work to reveal how DMP could assist the addiction recovery process. My findings were synthesised into a creative film which accompanies this paper. The film is universally accessible and allows deeper understanding of the DMP process in movement and poetic terms. My findings were consistent with my original emphasis that DMP and the therapeutic relationship could provide additional support towards awareness and acceptance of self. I researched into the fields of the creative arts therapies, addiction psychology and science to support my final conclusion.