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Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others Hardcover – May 2, 2023
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With empathy, humor, and unique insight, a psychologist examines drama addiction and charts a path for healing in this groundbreaking book.
Do you know someone who seems to thrive on chaos, a person who manufactures crisis where there is none, makes mountains out of molehills, and whose very presence feels like an inescapable whirlwind?
You may even label them a “drama queen.”
This person might be someone close to you.
This person might even be you.
In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist and mind-body expert Dr. Scott Lyons turns the notion of the “drama queen” on its head, showing that drama is actually an addiction and those who are suffering with it are experiencing a much deeper psychological, biological, and social pain. For a person addicted to drama, the intensity becomes their way of coping. Their life is a constant cycle of crisis, chaos, and chronically high levels of stress. They may never be able to relax without an internal alarm going off, sending them spiraling back toward chaos. Drama is the stirring, the excitement, the exaggeration, the eruption, the unrest, and the medicine to feel alive in relation to the numbing of the internal and external world around them. For a person addicted to drama, the drama is often how they survive—or think they do.
With studies, primary research, and patient stories, Dr. Lyons deconstructs this little-understood addiction, sharing:
- what drama addiction is and what it is not
- how to identify patterns of drama addiction in yourself and others
- the somatic effects of drama addiction, including chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, joint and muscle pains, and other conditions
- the origins of drama addiction— and how we are heading towards a global pandemic of a dependency on crisis and chaos
- accessible exercises for recovery and healing
Rather than dismiss addiction to drama as just attention-seeking, Dr. Lyons offers clear-eyed empathy, humor, and practical strategies to help us all understand and break free of the drama cycle.
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“Are you someone who thrives on tumult and catastrophe? Who perks up at the first whiff of bad news? Read Scott Lyons’s Addicted to Drama and you’ll see how these tendencies are holding you hostage."―New York Times Book Review
“One of our lifetime's most significant and silent endemics stems from jumping from one crisis to another and creating chaos to run from deeper pain, depleting our vital energy, resources, and time. Dr. Scott Lyons offers a step-by-step process to solve this draining dilemma and heal the underlying pain. Read, learn, heal and find safety away from drama--in yourself and from those who are addicted to it.”―Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, and In an Unspoken Voice
“Dr. Scott’s new book guides readers through a compassionate journey of understanding how an addiction to DRAMA is playing out in our lives and being replicated on a mass scale. Dr. Scott shows us that there is hope, with a fresh perspective on healing trauma and liberating ourselves from crisis, chaos, and the addiction, the never-ending cycle of drama. Read this book to heal yourself and make a change in the world.”―Justin Michael Williams, Grammy-nominated artist, author of Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us
“I highly recommend Addicted to Drama to anyone struggling with drama addiction or looking to improve their relationships and find greater peace and balance in their lives. Dr. Lyons' insights and guidance are invaluable and have the potential to transform the lives of readers.”―Dianne Poole Heller, PhD, author of The Power of Attachment
“Addicted to Drama is an incredible resource of tools for transformation. Whether you’re looking to find more peace and intimacy in your relationships, become more resilient and thrive under stress, or break free of cycles that keep you in pain and suffering, this is the book to help set you free.”―Sheleana Aiyana, Rising Woman, author of Becoming The One
“Addicted to Drama is a must read for anyone caught up in this vicious circle. As the founder and president of Cancer Schmancer Movement, identifying dis-ease in one’s life and gain the tools to distance yourself from unhealthy habits is the beginning of living your best life in optimal health. This journey we all begin at birth is a learning experience and a constant quest to become more refined, present and mindful.”―Fran Drescher, actor, health activist, and author of Cancer Schmancer
"[An] illuminating debut...underlaid with thorough psychological insight but remains eminently accessible, bolstered by relatable anecdotes and actionable advice. Readers will find this a thoughtful, practical entry."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dr. Scott Lyons is a licensed holistic psychologist, educator and author. As a renowned body-based trauma expert, Doctor of Osteopathy (Spain) and Mind-Body Medicine specialist, Scott helps people to break free from cycles of pain, limited beliefs, and trauma. Scott is an innovator in transformative wellness and trauma therapy, teaching over half a million people internationally over the past twenty years how to relieve stress and restore vitality. Scott has worked with many of the country’s top leaders and CEOs as an executive coach and wellness consultant. Scott is the creator of The Embody Lab — the largest online learning platform for body-based trauma therapies— and developer of Somatic Stress Release™, a holistic process of restoring biological resilience, taught in over 20 countries.
- Publisher : Hachette Go (May 2, 2023)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0306925834
- ISBN-13 : 978-0306925832
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.35 x 1.25 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #31 in Personality Disorders (Books)
- #103 in Emotional Self Help
- #147 in Interpersonal Relations (Books)
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I studied addiction to chaos for a YEAR taking 100+ pages of notes and NOTHING explained drama & made it so simple to understand as this book does!
I realized a year ago I had an addiction to depression, being stuck in life, never taking action. I'd gone through insane amounts of grief and abuse physically & verbally and I studied addiction to depression & chaos. I took over 100 pages of notes from internet articles & podcasts & youtube videos, etc. - NONE OF IT HELPED. I also realized I had an ADDICTION to taking notes and not applying what I learned! LOL!
Scott's Book summed up WHY I was addicted to depression & why I was addicted.
He summarizes addiction so simply & quickly in the book!
His book is the information I was looking for but could not find my whole life!
I’ve purchased 100’s of self development books, audios, online courses on all kinds of topics to help me “Fix myself” and Scott’s book is what I needed!
---> I learned from Scott there are 2 PARTS to our DRAMA ADDICTIONS:
(there might be more, I’m still studying & applying the book, bit by bit).
---> THE FIRST PART is to NUMB ourselves to what we don’t want to face.
- For me this was my heroin like addiction to scrolling anything on my phone all day.
- I say heroin bc I hear it's insanely addictive. I'm now 3 years sober and quit alcohol more easily than my addiction to my phone! I quit alcohol with the book “Kick the Drink Easily” by Jason Vale, and because of the book, I don’t miss it at all & I don’t struggle with wanting it.
---> THE SECOND PART is to FEEL ALIVE / HIGH / NOT FEEL DEPRESSED, etc.
- This is because life is too dull, boring, the numb feeling is too painful. We feel like a WALKING GHOST (or like we’re in a simulated game and the world is fake).
- This would be like addiction to alcohol, coffee, drugs, etc.
MY WEIRD 80’S ADDICTION SUMMED UP:
The second part of the need for addiction helped me understand something I had struggled for YEARS with understanding. I grew up in the 80's. I was 15 in 1989. It is my FAV decade! Certain 80's songs & movies & visuals make me feel very intense feelings and I would often want to heighten & expand those feelings with alcohol. I did NOT understand what that was about. It was really severe & intense like an out of control addiction and always had to do with 80's stuff, lol.
Scott's book helped me realize WHY! It's because I wanted to feel so alive, something so deeply, to almost time travel lol, to tap into the feeling of the 80’s that's now gone. I thought alcohol would help me feel that feeling. A feeling I thought I couldn't feel without alcohol.
Now I know it's my addiction to DRAMA and WHY! I’m aware of the LAYERS to the addiction!
I IMMEDIATELY MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN MY LIFE BC OF THIS BOOK.
I BACKSLID A BIT, BUT NOW I KNOW WHY & AM AWARE NOW OF MY BEHAVIOR:
I immediately made changes in my life because of this book!
I fell back into old patterns and went back to the book & the audiobook.
There are also great podcast interviews on the topic of his new book.
I was able to get back on track and even better than before after reading just a few pages of the book.
Leaving behind our addiction to drama is not something you do in a day. It's a process. Especially if it's lifelong like mine, lol. Now I know & am AWARE when I'm in a DRAMA CYCLONE and I have a resource to help me get out!
Scott did a great job with the audiobook! He speaks with such empathy & compassion & understanding. He never has a tone of judgement. He has the tone of a caring friend & therapist. I totally recommend it.
THANK YOU SCOTT!
Scott, you're the light, the helping hand, the loving & caring friend & therapist I've been looking for all my life. I’ve been relentlessly searching for the information in your incredible book. I’ve finally found it. Thank you Scott!
The book has a few questions. These quizzes are good for those who would like to keep a journal. The author also uses fairy tales to deepen his point. It is delightful to read examples like Alice In Wonderland. Perhaps, in the end all who experience drama will reach a better understanding of themselves.after reading "Addicted to Drama." The authors personal stories are a little confusing, but confusing is good it causes one to slow down and reread the information.