What is SMART RECOVERYTM
SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training
SMART RecoveryTM is an abstinence-based recovery program with a helpful self-help program for people with drug or alcohol addictions. It contains many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is destructive and miserable to one that is productive and rewarding. SMART RecoveryTM is not a “spin-off” of any 12-step program. This commonsense program teaches self-help actions intended to allow you to abstain from drugs or alcohol, and to develop a positive lifestyle. Some may advance from the program, while others may stay involved to help others.
Practical Ideas for Addiction Recovery
Drinking and using drugs serve a purpose — to mask life’s problems and feelings. However, many problems are also born from heavy drinking and substance abuse. This type of coping is highly counterintuitive. To help you reverse your self-destructive behavior, SMART RecoveryTM employs a cognitive-behavioral therapy called REBT which stands for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. In this therapy, thinking creates feelings and leads us to act. By managing the thoughts and feelings that lead people to drink or use, they can empower themselves to stop. Then, they can focus on problems they have with not using. In SMART RecoveryTM, the focus is on the present and the reasons for destructive behaviors. We focus on what to do about those behaviors to achieve a healthy everyday life, mainly in the areas of our lives that are related to alcoholism or drug abuse.
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SMART Recovery Emphasizes:
- Increased motivation.
- Rejection to act on urges.
- Coping life’s problems in a practical way without substances.
- Establishing a balanced, healthy routine.
Motivation is a key component in everything we do. Consider that we all have two primary goals – survival and the avoidance of pain along with seeking contentment. You can increase your mindfulness of your motives for drinking and your motives for stopping. Then, people feel better about changing their actions.
What people believe about addiction is critical. Some may believe they have a disease, that they are somehow defective, that you’re powerless over a drink. These views may be detrimental to you. Also, some people have additional beliefs like they need alcohol to cope. Those beliefs can’t be justified because the evidence cannot support them.
Feelings are essential too. People often drink or use to mask with their feelings of anger, guilt, anxiety, or low self-esteem. SMART RecoveryTM shows you how to reduce your emotional difficulties and grow self-acceptance. At this point, we can have healthier motivation with the wherewithal to remain sober and to be happy.
Changes in thinking and feelings are not enough. Self-obligation and follow-through are paramount. SMART RecoveryTM inspires members to work at problems and to become involved in pleasurable activities to replace substance abuse. For example, many in recovery turn to exercise and physical fitness to repurpose those energies spent on time in addiction.
Florida SMART RecoveryTM Addiction Program
Simple Path Recovery has trained and certified therapists to facilitate SMART RecoveryTM. Some of them have had experience with drinking and substance abuse, while others have not. SMART RecoveryTM is a complementary mental health and educational program, focused on modifying human behavior. The program focuses on the present and beyond. The chief tool used in SMART RecoveryTM is the ABC method of problem-solving. The ABC Tool is a self-help activity that you can carry out any time that you feel like drinking or using. Essentially, the ABC Tool helps us resolve our thinking about drugs and alcohol and is the basic way to refrain from any substance or behavior that adversely effects our life.