Trauma represents a loss of connection with the self and can affect ability to engage in comfortable long-term intimacy. Unresolved trauma often is the reason why people self-medicate. Relational trauma happens a little bit at a time. Feeling unseen, misunderstood, neglected, or rejected by the people we want most to be loved by is, over time, a traumatizing experience.
Sociometrics is a therapeutic role-playing practice built upon the foundation of Psychodrama and Sociometry, the pioneering group therapy concepts developed by fin-de-siècle Viennese psychiatrist Jacob Levy Moreno. Psychodrama and Sociometry have been organically embraced in the addiction field as a method of treating this kind of relational trauma.