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SMART Recovery Tool: Hierarchy of Values (HOV)

Point 1: Build and Maintain Motivation

We all have values that motivate us, whether we’ve identified them or not. Chances are that you haven’t recently thought about your values. The Hierarchy of Values (HOV) will help reintroduce what is most important to you.

Start by writing down as many of your values as you can think of. There are no right or wrong answers as these are very personal. When you have written as many as you can, group them into main categories, ultimately narrowing your list to five. 

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Hierarchy of Values (HOV)

Developed by SMART Recovery Founder Dr. Joe Gerstein, the Hierarchy of Values Exercise, or HOV tool can help anyone build and maintain their motivation to stay on track in their recovery. What do you value most in life? And is addiction on the list?

View this helpful video on YouTube.