Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Offers a Road to Recovery
For people who do not identify as spiritual or religious or are looking for a science-based approach to recovery, 12-step programs may not feel like the right method of healing and support. As a result, it’s necessary to look at other options for long-term encouragement and recovery techniques.
One option for recovery is SMART Recovery, one of the leading recovery groups in the United States dedicated to helping participants learn tools and techniques for self-empowerment. Participants in the group learn tools to aid their recovery process based on substantial, proven scientific evidence and research and are encouraged to engage with a global support system.
This system includes free, evidence-based support services, a global network of engaged participants, as well as a 4-Point Program.
What is SMART Recovery?
Instead, it is a 4-point program designed to help people from all walks of life recover from abusive and addictive behaviors. These behaviors can include substance abuse, drug addiction, drug abuse, gambling addiction, sexual addiction, prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse, cocaine addiction, and other problematic addictions to harmful substances or behaviors.
Beachside’s SMART Recovery program provides opportunities for participants to connect with others via face-to-face meetings as well as the chance to receive additional support from Beachside therapists. In addition to real-life and digital connections, participants in the program can also access an online message board, a chat room, and forums to learn about the program and gain access to more support systems than with 12-step programs.
How Does Our SMART Recovery Program Work?
1. Building and maintaining motivation
2. Coping with urges
3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
4. Living a balanced life
Does SMART Recovery Work for People Who are Severely Addicted?
This method of addiction treatment is not for everyone, but whether the program works for one individual to the next depends mainly on the person’s beliefs and needs.
Since SMART Recovery focuses on rational thinking, it is accessible and beneficial to a broad range of people from all walks of life. For example, many meetings regularly take place in prisons, homeless shelters, inpatient mental health centers, and other areas frequented by people who are struggling with addiction and behavioral issues due to substance abuse.
How Can Your Friends and Family Help?
If they’re interested, friends and family members are encouraged to attend SMART Recovery meetings to learn how to abstain from negative behaviors, like enablement, that they may have developed in response to their loved one’s addiction. The program helps friends and family learn how to provide a firm, supportive environment to help their loved ones stay sober.
Choose Beachside Rehab for SMART Recovery
“What makes our SMART Recovery group different is that I myself have been sober for over two years thanks to SMART and other techniques we use at Beachside,” says Micheal Jasniewski, Coordinator of Recreational Activities and SMART Recovery Facilitator at Beachside Rehab. “My success story allows me to relate to each member of the group and give them hope that they, too, can experience a more meaningful life.”
Additionally, we offer a full range of evidence-based treatment programs. We can safely help patients from the moment they decide to detox and all the way through outpatient therapy. We believe in treating the patient holistically, inclusive of their familial relationships.