Many people today are looking for help and support for their use, misuse or dependency to drugs, alcohol, gambling or other substances or activities that are affecting their life. SMART Recovery is an addiction recovery support group that's different from 12 Step group meetings. With SMART Recovery the participants learn tools for their recovery from addiction based on scientific research, it's free, they offer face to face meetings if they're open in your area or online meetings.
There's more than 600 face to face meetings around the world and over 18 online meetings each week. There's also a message board which is a forum where you can learn more about their program and receive support. SMART Recovery is free but they do ask for donations if possible. If you choose to attend their online meetings you do have to register at their message-board, which is a requirement.
Group meetings and support isn't for everyone SMART Recovery is just another option for an individual in need of help and support. The purpose of this program is to support people who choose to abstain from any addictive behavior or activity. This is done by teaching people how to change their self-defeating thinking, emotions and actions.
SMART Recovery's Approach
- Teaches individuals self-empowerment and self-reliance
- Encourages individuals to recover and live satisfying lives
- Teaches individuals tools and techniques for self-directed change
- Meetings are educational and include open discussions
- Advocates the appropriate use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments
- Evolves as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves
SMART Recovery's 4-Point Program isn't a 12 Step program. This is a Self Management And Recovery Training Program that helps people gain independence from their addiction and addictive behaviors with a variety of tools and techniques. The tools that are included in this program include:
- Change Plan Worksheet
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
- ABCs of REBT which is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy that's used for urge coping
- ABCs of REBT for emotional upsets
- DISARM which stands for Destructive Images Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method
- Role-playing and Rehearsing
If you're interested in learning more about SMART Recovery you will find all the information you need to know about their online meetings, face-to-face meetings and online message board by visiting their web site. SMART Recovery is all about Motivation to Abstain, Coping With Urges, Problem Solving, and Lifestyle Balance.
Unfortunately today there are many people in need of help for their addictive behaviors and dependency to drugs and alcohol and everyone's needs are different. You have to find what works for you and SMART Recovery is one option that's helped many people find strength they never knew they had, rebuild their confidence and overcome their addictions.
Some people incorporate both SMART Recovery and 12 Step meetings in their recovery process because this works for them and that's all that's important. No matter what your addictions are SMART Recovery may be the help and support you're looking for.