Some sessions may include participants reenacting their memories of significant and pivotal events in what is called “the moment.” The moment, in psychodrama, is the concept that everything that is being acted out is happening in the present. The action that takes us back to another place and time where harmful patterns were established. By re-creating the specific present time that surrounded the past event, a participant can become aware of the dynamics of that time; better understand the relationships and the context within which it occurred.
Using the role reversal technique, the participants are provided the opportunity to view their life and addiction from an outsider’s perspective, like a friend, parent, or loved one, by taking on their identities.
In a technique known as mirroring, another group member takes on the role of the protagonist to allow the patient to see him or herself from outside.
Through processes like these, new perspectives can be found, different endings can be created, and a greater insight can be achieved.