About SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery is a support program that operates outside the traditional 12-step program, offering addiction recovery support from a secular worldview. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and relays on motivational, cognitive and behavioral principals. SMART Recovery has been a recognized non-profit organization since the early 1990’s with roots in the Midwest. The success of SMART Recovery for drug and alcohol addiction has led it to be recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), among others. The program works on the premise that addiction is a dysfunction rather than a disease, which is the opposite of what Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs base their beliefs on.
This not-for-profit organization has already helped countless people in countries all over the world. The methods used are considered non-confrontational, which means that SMART Recovery approaches the dysfunction of addiction and addictive behaviors from a purely scientific foundation. The cognitive, behavioral, motivational methods used to avoid the ‘labeling’ of an individual as an alcoholic or drug addict. The methodology behind SMART Recovery relies completely on medical science, leaving spiritual issues unaddressed and unrecognized. This can prove to be a stumbling block for some individuals.
This program is all about empowering people and helping them to live better, more meaningful lives without the reliance on substances and behaviors that can self-sabotage. Self-reliance is key if you want long-term results and trained facilitators will help you to start the journey to recovery and find independence from addictive behavior. All our meetings are designed to be educational and are supposed to foster open discussion while offering a supportive environment for the patients.
SMART Recovery Programs
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Guidelines
Specific medications and psychological treatments can be useful and will be recommended on a case-by-case basis, depending on your type and level of heroin addiction or meth addiction. Any type of addictive behavior, whether it includes gambling, drugs, or alcohol, is covered by our rehab center in Huntington Beach. The interesting aspect to this program is that it has evolved over time based on scientific discoveries. Knowledge of drug addiction recovery is growing and treatment methods and support groups reflect that. This science-based, secular, approach is what has made it possible to help hundreds if not thousands of individuals across the nation and around the world. The goal is to teach addicts long-term techniques to manage their cravings and avoid relapse.
SMART is a very effective tool in overcoming all types of addiction whether it be alcoholism or opiate addiction. Some similarities with the 12-step program are interesting such as the series of assignments given to recovering users, the privacy of individuals. Coastline Behavioral Health believes that access to an addiction recovery group is vital to the success of an individual’s recovery. This is where a lot of the similarities between the two programs end.
SMART Recovery Program
As opposed to the 12-step program where participants must recognize their lack of control over their addiction, the SMART program is all about empowering people and letting them play a proactive role in their own recovery. Participants are not labeled “addicts” and recovery can be achieved in a short time instead of being considered a lifelong process.
There is a clear and concise 4-step program that can be taken in any order:
- Creating motivation
- Dealing with cravings and urges
- Solving problems as they occur
- Balancing your lifestyle
You will have to manage your thoughts and feelings throughout the process. Self-acceptance is seen as key in the healing process. Instead of saying that you can’t do anything about it, or instead of remaining in a state of denial, it is better to state clearly the situation you are in and to take responsibility for it. This accelerates the recovery process and increases self-esteem levels. In terms of balancing your future life, setting some clear goals and planning for the future are important steps on the road to full recovery. It may give you a sense of purpose that you never had before. Heroin addiction recovery can be difficult but addiction support groups in Huntington Beach can help.
SMART Recovery Success
Many tools can be used to deal with your addiction issues or the addiction problems of your loved ones. A variety of techniques can be used and the overall method is extremely versatile, which is one of the reasons why it is so successful in the first place. SMART is not only about prevention or simply coping with addiction, it is about controlling your life and handling it better than before. The program will help you reshape your life in a way that is more suitable for healthy living.
Staying away from your previous environment (city, neighborhood, friends…) can help and at the same time you need to understand the reasons why you became addicted in the first place. As you can see, it goes way deeper than traditional addiction recovery methods and can assist you in discovering more about yourself. This method uses MET (Motivational enhancement therapy), CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), especially REBT (Rational emotive behavior therapy). Numerous others rehabilitative approaches can be used too.
Long-term recovery is one of the most difficult things you can achieve in your life. Going to rehab or battling an addiction for a short time is relatively easy. So SMART focused its efforts on relapse. With so many ways to remain addiction-free for the rest of your life, you will have good chances to win your battle against drugs or alcohol. But it will take some serious work. SMART is your chance to find your own way to long-term recovery instead of the usual “one-size-fits-all” type of methods.