Self-management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a non-profit organization that holds meetings in the United States and several other countries, including Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and the UK. It is a 4-point system that has helped people all the world recover from all types of addictions. If your treatment program provides you the option to utilize SMART Recovery, you will gain access to many benefits:
- Learn self-empowerment and self-reliance
- Be encouraged to live a happy life
- Learn tools for self-directed change
- Gain education on addiction, recovery, and self-empowerment
- Understand how to appropriately use prescribed medications and psychological treatments
- Develop your understanding of addiction as latest science emerges
The SMART Recovery program can help you change self-defeating thoughts, emotions, and actions that have done nothing but harm to your happiness and well-being. The program is still being studied by researchers to test for its effectiveness, but a relatively recent study that was published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that participants who participated in alternative support groups such as SMART Recovery found more cohesion and greater satisfaction than those who didn’t.
With SMART Recovery, you will go through 4 points:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
- Living a Balanced Life
You will learn about the stages of change and compare the benefits and consequences of using substances versus living a life of sobriety. You will become involved in several different activities that are conducive to growth and understanding, such as brainstorming, role playing, and more. SMART Recovery is based on the perspective that everyone must find their own journey through recovery, leading them to choose their own resources they feel would work best.
If you are seeking a self-help program to complement your treatment program, SMART Recovery could be a great option for you, especially if you value autonomy and independence in program selection.
If you’re seeking a mental health and/or substance abuse recovery treatment center, call us today at 855-412-2426. Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed treatment center with licensed, experienced professionals who care about your recovery. We have a variety of methods that we can try with you to see what works and will help you develop a customized treatment plan to best suit your needs. Make the decision to place your health and happiness as top priority and call us for a consultation.