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SMART Recovery Tool: Role-Play/Rehearsal

POINT 2: Cope with Urges

SMART meetings are safe places to role-play. Other people act the parts of the people you anticipate will challenge you in high-risk situations. The meeting facilitator can help set up a role-play.

Here’s a sample:

  • Show your role-play partner how you think a difficult person will behave.
  • Your partner plays the difficult person while you play yourself in the situation.
  • Once you finish the scenario, swap roles, and do it again.
  • The people watching the role-play can then show you how they might handle the same situation differently by playing your part.

Consider role-playing challenges associated with events like holiday parties, weddings, and other special events.

Tips & Tools for Recovery that Works!


Want some great ammunition to overcome urges in certain circumstances you suspect may be problematic (dates, weddings, football games, etc.)? SMART Recovery has the great role-playing tool to help you map out future urge scenarios in your mind, and then play them out with a friend in advance so that you can rehearse the urge situations and create the most desirable non-relapse outcome.

View this helpful video on YouTube.