Posted on Oct 27, 2019

Suboxone Doctor in Miami: Dr. Mitchell’s Clinic

Abuse and the Empty Picture Frame
by Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell, D.O. - 786-262-5750

Surviving abuse is common for drug addicts. Yet, while abuse comes in many forms - physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, neglect - and from many places - family, friends, acquaintances, strangers - not all abuse is the same. That’s why we struggle in our relationships with those who have abused us. To help my patients resolve this, I use an exercise called the empty picture frame. It is repeated once for each person who abused you, and it goes like this:

“Imagine I put an empty picture frame in front of you. In your mind, when you think of the person who abused you, can you place at least one picture in that frame of a time you shared with them that you enjoyed and would like to repeat?”

If you answer “yes,” then with appropriate boundaries there may be something worth salvaging in that relationship. If, however, you answer “no,” then it is likely you should severely restrict or eliminate any further contact with that person.

I personally found this exercise invaluable, as I survived extreme sexual and physical abuse by my family from birth to 17 years of age. After answering “no” for all of them, I cut them entirely out of my life, as any further contact was too toxic.

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