Therapeutic Writing

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One of the best ways to overcome problems is to write about them. If you have a problem, to overcome the problem, you must eventually face the problem directly to overcome it. So, how does one directly face problems? One way is to write about them.

When you write about a problem, you begin to see the problem (more clearly) for what it really is. And, as you see it more clearly, you become more inclined to find solutions to the problem. One good thing about solving problems by writing about them (therapeutic writing) is that you don’t need to know how to write. All you need to do to solve problems by writing about them is to write honestly about the problem, about how it bothers you, how it troubles you; how it affects you, how you want and need the solution to the problem — the sooner the better. The more honestly you write about a problem, the more likely you are to find solutions to the problem.

For example, let’s say that you have a drinking problem, and you want to apply some therapeutic writing to the problem. Your words could go something like this. My name is Roy Hall, I have a drinking problem. I have sought high and low for the solution to the problem but still have not found the solution. Someone told me that if I write about the problem I could find solutions to the problem by writing honestly about the problem. So, here I am writing about this drinking/alcohol problem I have. I’m 38 now. And, as far as I can remember, I started drinking after graduating high school about when I was 19 or 20 years old. The drinking started out gradually going to night clubs and drinking a few drinks here a few drinks there almost every weekend. A few drinks lead to more drinks and every weekend which started out as Fridays and Saturdays lead to Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The drinking kept getting more and more. And the more and more I drank the more and more problems it caused me. Now, I’m at the point where I realize that I need to stop drinking but I can’t seem to stop. I go to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings, I go to one on one meetings with so called experts who are supposed to show me how to stop, I pray about it, I talk about it, I think about it but still haven’t found the solution to the problem. So, here I am writing about it. Let’s see if this (writing about it) works.

This therapeutic writing does work in some ways. As I write I realize that therapeutic writing is a great way to blow off steam, to voice my opinions, to talk about my problems without sitting here talking to myself. And, it’s a great way to improve my writing skills. I could write a whole book about this drinking problem that I have. There is a solution to this drinking problem. And, whether I talk about it, write about it, think about it, cry about it, one thing I must do is never give up, always persist to find the solution is what I tell myself. The solution exists and to find it I must persist. Never give up, never give in; keep trying until I succeed.

If you have a drinking problem or another problem, try writing about the problem. Writing about your problem and/or problems is a great way to blow off steam and you just might find the solution to your problem as a result of writing about it.