About SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. SMART Recovery is not a spin-off of Alcoholics Anonymous. No one will label you an “alcoholic”, an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. Smart Recovery teaches common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. When you succeed at following the SMART Recovery approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.
Based on Sensible Theory
Drinking and using can serve a purpose — to cope with life’s problems and emotional upsets. There’s a drawback, however. Many problems arise from heavy drinking and continual using. So that kind of coping is not only impractical, it’s counterproductive. To help you reverse your self-destructive behavior, SMART Recovery uses a cognitive-behavioral (thinking/doing) psychotherapy called REBT which stands for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Psychologist Albert Ellis devised this system in the’50s. It’s effective and widely accepted. According to REBT, your thinking creates your feelings and leads you to act. By managing the beliefs and emotions that lead you to drink or use, you can empower yourself to quit. Then you can work at problems you have with abstaining. SMART Recovery is not much concerned with the past, except to learn from it. SMART Recovery focus on present-day events and the causes of self-destructive behaviors, concentrating on what to do about them in order to achieve a positive lifestyle change, especially in the areas of our lives that are related to drinking or using.
Key Areas of Awareness and Change
SMART Recovery emphasizes:
(1) Enhancing motivation;
(2) Refusing to act on urges to use;
(3) Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances; and
(4) Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.
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