“August: Osage County”: Trauma, Addiction, and the Cycle of Abuse

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On ‘TV Head Drama’, hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest guest expert life coach with a Master’s of counseling Alisa Harp discuss Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Violet Weston in “August: Osage County” and her complex character struggling with addiction and the impact of childhood trauma.

The Cycle of Abuse

Alisa explains how Violet’s own childhood abuse shaped her manipulative behavior and reliance on substances.

Trauma and Addiction

Violet’s story highlights the connection between unhealed trauma and addiction as a means of coping with unbearable pain.

Breaking the Cycle

While difficult, Alisa emphasizes the possibility of breaking free from destructive patterns. She stresses the importance of acknowledging the past, ending enabling behaviors, and seeking professional help.

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