SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management for Addiction Recovery Training. This 4-Point Program is an alternative form of treatment used in rehabilitation for people seeking to overcome problems with substance abuse and addiction. Since its founding in 1994, SMART recovery has proven to be a valuable tool when used as part of a comprehensive addiction recovery plan.
At Restore Treatment Center LA, we take an individualized approach to drug and alcohol treatment for each client, as there is no one-size-fits-all program for addiction. Self-empowerment programs were cultivated to manage substance abuse and abstinence. This is in contrast to Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step recovery plan, which focuses on “powerlessness over addiction” and “surrendering to a higher power.” SMART Recovery focuses more on one’s power within. However, both the traditional 12-steps and SMART recovery programs can be combined, when deemed necessary.
In SMART recovery meetings, participants discuss controlling and abstaining from drugs, alcohol and compulsive behaviors, such as uncontrollable gambling, shopping, sexual behaviors, internet use, exercising, and overeating.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program includes four focus points of concentration:
SMART Recovery teaches self-directed and self-empowering attitudes, which include:
SMART Recovery is a recognized as a legitimate and effective resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by:
Our SMART Recovery facilitators at Restore Treatment Center, teach clients to understand the meaning behind each of the 4-points and how to practice each tool. Reaching and maintaining Point 4 is obtaining overall lifestyle balance. Accomplishing this stage is difficult, but extremely satisfying.
The “SMART Toolbox” is a collection of various methods called tools, which help addicts in recovery work through the 4-Points:
Achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance is the goal of SMART recovery. Preventing relapse is possible with an ongoing effort to live a balanced lifestyle and precludes a return to substances. SMART sessions are a recommended component of aftercare plans for many clients of Restore Treatment Center. Recovering addicts can conveniently find a SMART meeting within an extensive network, which helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle, build a strong support network, repeat points, and use tools as needed.
SMART recovery programs have shown to help many addicts in ways that more traditional, faith-based treatments cannot. If you are interested in applying SMART therapy to your treatment regimen, speak with an addiction specialist at Restore Drug Rehab LA today. Discover how our addiction recovery programs can positively influence your future health and well-being.