This post is about addiction. And making movies.
The issue: sometimes problems get stuck inside us, so ingrained they seem to become part of who we are. We are alcohol. We are drugs. We are addiction. Okay, we’re NOT addiction, but problems like substance abuse and gambling are so invasive we’re not sure where they end and we start. How do you fight an issue without beating yourself up in the process? How do you deal with a problem when it’s too close to see? The answer is simple: you step away from it, a good distance, move, move, move… and you look back. You study what you’re up against.
This worksheet below is a bizarre, right-brained, literary way to help establish a distance between self and addiction: a symbolic “self” on one side of the stage, a symbolic addiction on the other. The task is easy enough. You give the actors a problem and watch what they do. You observe. You learn. And, hell, you make a movie.
As you maneuver through this worksheet, suspend disbelief and self-doubt and that voice inside that says “this is ridiculous” and give it a try. Focus. What does Addiction look like? How does it act? If it speaks, what does it say? How does it treat the good guy? What are its motives? Does it listen when the good guy speaks? Each time “this is ridiculous” surfaces, shove that voice onto stage too and make it play its part.
What’s the aim then? To get you closer to Recovery, of course. Or wherever YOU want to go. After all, you’re up on stage too.
(This is a worksheet from the upcoming “Weird and Wacky Workbook for Addiction.” It’s a rough draft, so please forgive all mistakes and misspellings. We’re working on it!)
Did you by chance read through this worksheet without writing a movie? No, no, please grab a pen and start screen-writing. It’s worth it!