What is SMART Recovery?
A new way of dealing with addiction recovery is starting to make its way all around the country. It’s called SMART Recovery. It stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training – and it’s proving to a formidable opponent to drug and alcohol addiction. SMART Recovery is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping people defeat their addiction and substance abuse. The program also has international accolades for the quality of treatment it brings to everyone that signs up under the SMART Recovery umbrella.
SMART Recovery programs offer a different path for people going through treatment. Instead of emphasizing religion when accepting and overcoming addiction, this therapy relies on secular and scientific focuses. This approach to addiction treatment focuses on motivational, non-confrontational, behavioral, cognitive, and impassioned methods. There are a lot of moving wheels in this type of rehab treatment, which is why some addiction treatment therapists dedicate a lot of time to learning and perfecting the SMART Recovery approach. So participating in meetings can help anyone develop the necessary skills that this evidence-based treatment program can provide.
When it comes to dealing with drug addiction, there are a countless number of reasons that addiction can develop. Some people have a genetic predisposition to addictive behaviors. Some fell into addiction after falling ill or a surgery. And there are others that develop an addiction after dealing with some kind of mental health issues. SMART Recovery focuses on the underlying causes of addiction and utilizes a series of techniques and programs to help deal with the rehabilitation plus the future abstinence and recovery of the individual.
SMART Recovery is based on the newest forms of scientific thinking and knowledge instead of being based on a religious approach. That’s the biggest difference between SMART Recovery and something like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. But just because it’s a secular approach to recovery doesn’t mean that it’s only suited for atheists or agnostics. It’s just another approach to dealing with addiction and treatment because there are people who don’t want to rely on a higher power for salvation from addiction.
The cool thing about SMART Recovery is that it’s always changing. As the science around addiction and addiction treatment evolve – so does SMART Recovery and the therapy/treatment process. On the opposite end- there’s 12 Step Recovery programs that have been using the same steps for over 50 years. SMART Recovery uses different types of treatment programs such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and other types of treatments. These are just different types of therapies that might be used at our facilities in California. Our therapists combine established treatment methods with SMART Recovery and the most ground-breaking treatments available in addiction treatment.
How the SMART Recovery Program Works
SMART Recovery is an international non-profit that offers treatment to those looking for help with an addiction. Their philosophy – from their website – is:
To support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfaction and quality of life.
SMART Recovery utilizes a “4-point program,” but it’s nothing like the more rigid 12-step program. Instead, it focuses on a different approach, which again, is best described in their own words. SMART Recovery:
- Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
- Encourages individuals to recover and live satisfying lives.
- Teaches 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.
To do all of this, SMART Recovery relies on the 4-point program build on this foundation:
SMART Recovery Program 4 Point Foundation
Point 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
Point 4: Living a Balanced Life
When you put the philosophy together with their approach and the 4-point program, you get a successful and versatile program that can help defeat any type of addiction. This versatility is also what makes it so effective. Instead of dragging people through the steps, they’re able to use the tools that are most successful for that individual person. There isn’t a program that is as comprehensive or as complete as SMART Recovery, especially in California.
Overcome Addiction with a SMART Recovery Program
SMART Recovery is just one of the methods a person can use to overcome addiction – but it’s also one of the best. Addiction is a crisis and it helps to take a calm and measured approach. SMART Recovery can help with any type of addiction. SMART Recovery in California will help someone through the toughest times – including during treatment, after treatment, and even in the case of relapse. SMART Recovery will also help a person deal with all of the other aspects that an addiction can create. Addiction doesn’t have to be the status quo. There is help available and frequent drug or alcohol use doesn’t have to be normal forever.
While recovering in the long-term is difficult, SMART recovery can help. Going to rehab is easy, but not everyone can overcome addiction. It takes hard work and dedication. Constantly beating the thought of relapse isn’t easy. But with the help of SMART Recovery and our clinical team in California – anything is possible if you put your mind to it. SMART Recovery is just a tool to help make recovery and therapy more effective. So let Chapters Capistrano help you kick addiction from your life for good. A lifetime of sobriety is just ahead of you.
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