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Addiction Rehab Centers recognizes 12-step programs don’t work for everyone. For this reason, we offer several other addiction treatment programs, including a SMART Recovery program for our clients in addition to this treatment option. For more information about this support group option, please contact our treatment center today at 844.910.0686.
SMART or Self-Management and Recovery Training is an international, non-profit support program designed for people struggling with drug addiction and behavioral disorders. People often use it as an alternative to 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. In addition, it also helps diagnose and treat underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, that are co-occurring with drug addiction.
Unlike traditional 12-step programs, it is a scientifically-based program that helps people manage their addictive behavior using behavioral and cognitive approaches. It uses the techniques taken from motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). As scientific knowledge expands, these techniques are continuously updated.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and American Academy of Family Physicians have recognized SMART Recovery as a helpful approach to overcome addiction.
SMART Recovery uses a 4 point program to help people recover from all types of addictions and behavioral issues, including:
The program supports individuals who have decided to give up addiction and are in the process of recovery. It helps them stay positive and effectively cope with negative tendencies such as self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions. It also helps them learn practical techniques to overcome urges and triggers.
Unlike 12-step programs that require the addict to admit his helplessness over addiction, SMART Recovery focuses on self-empowerment and self-reliance. The participants learn techniques to empower themselves and effectively treat the behavioral issues that cause addiction.
The volunteers of SMART Recovery help the participants evaluate themselves and pinpoint the fundamental behavioral or psychological problems. The 4 point program is used through the process to teach the participants effective coping techniques and mechanisms.
SMART Recovery program helps participant have the upper hand over their addiction using the following 4 points:
Making the decision to quit the drug or a habit and staying firm on it is the first step towards recovery. The participants are motivated using a scientific approach and techniques from psychotherapies.
The urge to go back to addictive substances or habits is the reason for most people to relapse. Techniques, including distraction methods, are taught to manage these urges effectively. Point 2 also involves finding out the triggers and teaching the participants how to avoid them.
There are specific thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that lead to a relapse. Point 3 involves finding out such thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and effectively managing them.
Making positive changes in lifestyle can help addicts stay sober. Lack of routine can be a major contributing factor towards the development of addictive behaviors.
Even though the points are given in a sequence, they are not supposed to be followed in the same way. A person can start from anywhere he feels comfortable or revisit any point if need be.
SMART Recovery offers face-to-face meetings as well as online meetings all over the world. These meetings are free for anyone who wishes to attend. They are not only supportive but also educational. SMART Family & Friends is an online support group started for the concerned significant others (CSO) of those in recovery to help them through their recovery. The SMART recovery program has been proven to be immensely helpful in overcoming addictive behaviors.
SMART Recovery has got its similarities and differences with 12-step programs.
Both the 12 step program and the SMART recovery program have been proven to be helpful in overcoming addiction. It is entirely on the individual to decide which one will work better for him. What works for one individual may not necessarily work for another.
At Addiction Rehab Centers, we’re committed to providing the best possible treatment options for each person. Therefore, we offer both 12-step recovery and SMART recovery programs. Please contact Addiction Rehab Centers today at 844.910.0686 to learn about the benefits of both treatment options.