Elizabeth Addison is a composer, lyricist, playwright, actor, producer, activist and woman in recovery, and after nearly a decade of active addiction, found her way to recovery through the Arts. She strongly believes in the Arts and their ability to change the world, and hopes that This is Treatment will help de-stigmatize an issue affecting millions of people and empower women to speak their truths and find their power.
I began writing “This Is Treatment” after my year long stay at a women’s residential treatment facility for substance abuse. While I was in treatment, this thought kept popping in my head, ‘something needs to written about treatment.’As a kid, I always loved musicals, and I always wanted to write one, but just never believed that I could. Not having written a song before, I began writing this story about women helping women recover, after a young producer told me ‘”all you need to do to write a song is find a melody”. After hearing that, I immediately go to work. Three weeks later, I had composed my first song and This Is Treatment was born. My musical is about the resilience of the human spirit. We see women struggling to put the broken pieces of their lives back together. The show will have you experiencing a whirl wind of emotions from sadness, pain, love and joy. It is my hope that with This Is Treatment, people will be able to see past the addiction, past the dereliction, past the monster and into the heart and soul of a human being.