SMART Recovery for Individuals with Addictions
ON THIS PAGE:
- Find a SMART Recovery Meeting
- About SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program®
- SMART Recovery Tools
- SMART and Other Recovery Groups
- Next Steps
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DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE
If you want to address any addiction or harmful habit, SMART Recovery can help. Major changes can be overwhelming. SMART’s practical tools and social supports are proven effective to support and sustain successful long-term life change.
Harmful habits include substance addictions (to alcohol and other drugs), as well as activity addictions (to behaviors like sex, relationships, spending, gambling, eating, exercise, and self-injury). No matter your harmful habit, SMART can help you change it.
SMART is not just any mutual-support program. Our science-based approach emphasizes self-empowerment and self-reliance. There’s no lifetime commitment; you decide when the time is right to move on. You choose how to personalize your own plan for successful change. SMART can be used both as a stand-alone program or in combination with other recovery paths. SMART Recovery recognizes the only one who can become truly expert on your recovery is you.
Find a SMART Recovery Meeting
SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) sponsors local meetings and daily online meetingsdaily online meetings. Also, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART and obtain support.
Please note that registration for a free confidential account is required for accessing any of these SMART Recovery Online community (SROL) resources.
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program®
This program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the points:
1. Building and Maintaining Motivation
2. Coping with Urges
3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
4. Living a Balanced Life
People using the SMART Program:
- Move away from addictions and toward satisfying lives
- Learn tools and techniques for self-directed change
- Benefit from improved tools as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves
SMART Recovery Tools
A variety of tools and techniques are employed for each of SMART’s 4 Points, including the Cost/Benefit Analysis; Change Plan Worksheet; Hierarchy of Values; ABCs of Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (for both urge-coping and emotional upsets); DISARM (Destructive Imagery and Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method); Brainstorming; and Role-playing/Rehearsing.
SMART and Other Recovery Groups
SMART Recovery believes that each individual must find their own path to recovery. For some, that path may include 12-step programs or other self-empowering groups. Although the SMART approach differs from those of other organizations, it does not exclude them. Participants make their own choices and create their own paths.
SROL Message Board and Chat Closing; SROL Online Meetings Being Migrated to SMARTfinder Meeting List
[Note: updated FAQ’s appear below original post] The recently announced closure of the SMART…
Attending My First SMART Recovery Meeting
I was first introduced to SMART Recovery by hearing that it was an alternative to AA or NA. Having been through 12-step programs in the past with some success, I wasn’t sure I wanted to walk away from what I already knew. What I have come to learn is that SMART Recovery can be an alternative to 12-step programs, but it also can be an addition to other programs.
Dr. William Miller: “Going Upstream: Addiction Care for the Masses”
“Going Upstream: Addiction Care for the Masses” Lecture by Dr. William Miller 5/3/23…