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SMART Recovery helps individuals gain independence from any type of addictive behavior, by providing a program of recovery based on scientific evidence about addiction and recovery. SMART Recovery also advocates for choice in recovery, so that individuals needing to change addictive behavior are made aware of their options and allowed to choose freely among them.
SMART Recovery (Self-Mangement And Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from harmful addictive behaviors through its science-based program and its self-help meetings. Our program is evidence-based and evolves as scientific knowledge advances. Our program is secular; neither demanding or demeaning spiritual or religious beliefs. Description: SMART Recovery is a not-for-profit educational organization run by volunteers which offers free abstinence-based self-help meetings, both face-to-face and on the web, aimed at abstaining from harmful addictive behaviors. SMART is an acronym standing for: Self- Management And Recovery Training. Within our 4 Point Program we teach people how to: 1.) enhance and maintain motivation to abstain; 2.) cope with cravings and urges; 3.) better manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors; 4.) balance short and long term satisfactions. Once people have gained independence from harmful addictive behaviors they are invited to stay and help, but may graduate and move on with their lives if they prefer. Volunteer group facilitators can receive training in our program and how to best facilitate meetings. Volunteers may have recovered from an addiction or may have never been addicted - that seems to make no difference. What is important is that they understand the tools and strategies we offer and approach people with empathy and acceptance, and without pressure or confrontation. The facilitators are supervised and trained by Volunteer Advisors who also often provide much administrative assistance. The program is culled from research on addictions and developed for implementation by the Board of Directors. The program is reviewed by the experts on our International Advisory Council. The program is based on choice, personal responsibility, proven principles of change and unconditional self-acceptance. The professional in this area may be interested to learn that we base the program on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in particular) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. A fuller explication of our tools and techniques, meeting and other service offerings, volunteer opportunities, basis in science, related programs, learning materials, and other opportunities to participate may be found at our web-site: www.smartrecovery.org and we appreciate people's donations, both money and volunteer time.
- Jodi Dayton
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