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SMART Recovery

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. Like AA, the goal of SMART Recovery is to support individuals that choose to give up and abstain from alcohol and substance use. The program is based on current scientific knowledge of addiction, but they commit to evolving the program as researchers learn more about addiction recovery.

The goal of SMART Recovery support groups and meetings is to teach people how to move forward after addiction. They accomplish this by encouraging self-empowerment. Some of the main topics covered in the SMART recovery include:

  • Encouraging self-responsibility, self-discipline, and self-motivation throughout the recovery process.
  • Teaching how to replace self-destruction thoughts with rational, healthy beliefs.
  • How to set achievable goals throughout recovery.
  • Learning coping skills in order to resist urges and reduce negative behavior.
  • Learning how to accept that impulses and triggers are a natural part of recovery.
  • Understanding how to deal with triggers when they occur.
  • Making SMART Recovery lessons and tools a part of everyday life situations.


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