The Masks of Addiction
Dismantling the Outdated Roles of Protection
The Masks of Addiction Intensive takes the already popular art therapy activity of mask making to an entirely new level. Drawing upon our ancestors’ vast experience of working with masks, this program combines their ancient wisdom with the philosophy of Traditional Oriental Medicine to powerfully address this complex problem.
Over the course of 2-3 days, we use lecture and experiential/hands-on exercises to explore how the Roles that are created for oneself can actually be supporting the addiction. We explain where this comes from, what it presently looks like and how we can transform it. Creating a safe, sacred environment with the collaboration of their peers, a client culminates this Intensive with a “dance” of their Mask, which dismantles the illusion of these Roles once and for all.
Many clients report that this process turns out to be the “missing ingredient” that was keeping them from reaching the next level of their recovery. It breaks through barriers that keep anger and grief frozen inside, and loosens the stubborn grip of resentment, guilt and shame. From this place, the seeds of recovery can be sown, nurtured and with some care, eventually take root.
There are several components to this Intensive, which should take place over the course of 2-3 days. Sessions alternate between the lectures, demonstrations and awareness gathering exercises, and the hands-on making of, and the physical embodying of, the Masks.
This Intensive is not for everyone and requires every member of the participating group to be supportive and cohesive. The “set and setting” are as important as the endeavor and the participants involved.
Contact Randy Lyons to find out if it is right fit for your clientele.