What is SMART Recovery?

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What Is SMART Recovery & How Does It Work?

When it comes to treating addiction, there are many different approaches that may prove beneficial depending on the client and their situation. Many people are familiar with 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. While some clients find success with these methods, others prefer alternative options. There are several non 12-step programs available that take a different approach. Some clients choose to incorporate elements from more than one treatment approach to create a plan that works best for their situation and lifestyle.

SMART Recovery is one alternative to 12-step programs. The program focuses on setting goals and empowering clients in maintaining their sobriety. The goals that they establish cover short-term, mid-range, and long-term objectives. They key to setting these goals, however, is that they follow the SMART philosophy. That means that they are:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time Sensitive

This helps to keep things more focused and realistic. By outlining these specifics, clients can work toward taking steps in meeting their goals. It helps them to think things through and plan how they will accomplish various aspects. Having a long-term goal is beneficial, but it is often necessary to break these larger goals into short- and mid-range goals to make things more attainable and manageable.

A Four-Point Process

The SMART Recovery program has four main points:

1. Building and Maintaining Motivation 2. Coping with Urges 3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors 4. Living a Balanced Life

Clients learn various strategies and techniques to make necessary changes relevant to each point. This helps them to create a healthier lifestyle that is free from substance use disorder and cope with the challenges that can come with maintaining sobriety. By focusing on these four major areas they can regain control of their lives.

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Maintaining Support

SMART Recovery also includes regular meetings where clients can go to share their stories and progress and get support. They can meet others who are going through similar situations and gain more clarity and focus. It can be a source of motivation in helping them to develop and stick to their goals. Meetings can be held in person or online. Resources and strategies used in the program are scientifically based and geared toward promoting self-empowerment over addiction.

Creating a Comprehensive Treatment Plan

Clients should have many options when it comes to their treatment. By exploring various 12-step and non 12-step programs, they can gain a better understanding of what may or may not work for their recovery. It is important that clients believe in and stand behind the methods used because this can make it easier to follow through and achieve more positive results. They become more involved and engaged in their care and progress. Some clients choose aspects of several different programs. They build on the concepts, resources, tools, and strategies that they have acquired to create a customized approach that aligns with their specific needs, goals, and beliefs. Over time they may adjust their approach as they continue their recovery.

Overcoming addiction is very personal and no two people or cases are exactly the same. There is not a single, blanket solution that works for everyone. Chapters Capistrano offers a flexible approach to treatment and both 12-step and alternative programs. Clients are empowered to choose for themselves and remain actively involved in their care. If you or a loved one are looking for comprehensive addiction treatment tailored to your needs, contact Chapters Capistrano today at 844-249-2990 to learn more about how we can help.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance use disorder, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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