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Adolescents; Expressive Arts Therapy; Music Therapy; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Concept; Substance Abuse and Addiction


Drug Story Theater takes teenagers in the early stages of recovery, teaches them improvisational theater, then uses psychodrama to help them create their own scripted shows about the seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. They perform these shows for middle schools and high schools so the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many. In between each scene, the cast members come out of character and use power-point presentations to teach the audience about the neuroscience of the adolescent brain. Through the DST program, teens in recovery experience the rewards of positive feedback, personal value, getting paid and the sense of accomplishment inherent in the field of theater.