What is SMART Recovery®?
SMART is a free self-help program for recovery from addictive
behavior. Groups are led by a lay-coordinator. Most groups
also have a volunteer advisor who is a mental health professional.
Our purpose is to support individuals who have chosen to abstain,
or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior,
(substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating
thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term
satisfactions and quality of life.
How is SMART Different?
SMART is not a twelve step program. It is based on modern
cognitive/behavioral methods, particularly Rational Emotive
Behavioral Therapy (REBT). We think a persons religious or
spiritual convictions are a personal matter that can be helpful,
but are not a part of the SMART program. SMART teaches people
practical, proven self-management and recovery skills.
Does SMART Work?
Yes, if you are willing to help yourself. Recovery takes
time, patience and work, but the tools offered in SMART Recovery®?can
help you make your efforts more productive. These methods
have been proven effective and they often produce results
faster than other methods. The best way to prove it for yourself
is to try it!
What are Groups Like?
groups are small, allowing for cross-talk, discussion and
practice of many specific methods. The focus is on learning
how to increase your motivation to quit, handling urges without
acting on them, developing new ways of coping with problems
and creating a healthy, positive lifestyle.
Is SMART an Abstinence Program?
SMART is a group for people who have chosen or are considering
abstinence. With the right tools and skills, most people can
quit and make it stick, without life-long struggle and dependency
on the group. However, we view sobriety as a personal choice
and relapse as a learning opportunity.
Is SMART Something New?
The idea that we largely cause our own feelings and behavior
was known to Greek philosophers. In 1955, Dr. Albert Ellis
used this idea as a founding principle of Rational-Emotive
Behavior Therapy. Much research and clinical experience since
then has proven the effectiveness of REBT. SMART brings these
powerful psychological principles and practices to a self-help
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How Can I Learn More?
To see if SMART will work for you, plan to attend several
meetings because the ideas and methods may take a while to
sink in. Our reading list includes: the SMART Recovery®
Memberís Manual; SMART Recovery: A Sensible Primer by William
Knaus, When AA Doesnít Work for You: Rational Steps to Quitting
Alcohol, by Albert Ellis; and Alcohol: How to Give It Up and
Be Glad You Did, by Philip Tate.How
How Much Does it Cost?
SMART is free. Your time and effort are the only costs, although
we do pass the hat to cover expenses.