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SMART Recovery-Informed Addiction Interventions
If it were easy for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol to get treatment on their own and become sober, there would be no need for interventions. However, because of the powerful nature of addiction, people become wrapped up like the prey of a spider, tightly bound in layers of silk and paralyzed to escape. Like prey waiting for death, a person who has the compulsion to continually use or abuse alcohol and drugs risks the destruction of their life…if they don’t get help. Oftentimes, a person needs someone to come along and break those binding webs through an intervention. “The family system ...

SMART Recovery Meetings: A Great Alternative to AA Support Meetings
Because Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – and offshoot programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – are the most widely known peer support groups for addiction recovery, many people are unaware that there are alternative programs that are equally beneficial for supporting addiction recovery. Programs like SMART Recovery® include non-12-step support groups that provide the same benefits as AA meetings. Although AA is widely endorsed, there are many people who don’t like AA for one reason or another. Some of these reasons include: They attended 12-step meetings but didn’t feel comfortable there. They don’t agree with the idea of addiction as an incurable disease that requires an ...

Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment vs. Traditional 12-Step Programs
Recovering from addiction is no small feat. Some people struggle with it their entire lives. Others have found a way to move on and live happy, sober lives. What separates the ones who continue to struggle with addiction versus those who have recovered? It’s not about having the strongest willpower, as some people think. Ultimately, successfully recovering from addiction requires finding the treatment approach that is best suited to your individual needs. There are many components of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, including: Clinical and Holistic Therapies Nutrition and Exercise Sobriety Education (such as relapse-prevention techniques) Individual and Group Therapy Peer Support Many addiction treatment centers use the 12-step ...

Relapse Prevention and Using the SMART Recovery® Method for Continued Sobriety
Addiction treatment is more successful when there is a long-term plan in place to prevent relapse. The SMART Recovery® method offers the tools necessary to accomplish continued sobriety. The first-time recovery from addictive behaviors is difficult enough; having to recover multiple times because of relapse is even more challenging. In an ideal world, those in recovery could use their occasional relapse as a means of recognizing triggers and self-defeating actions more effectively. Repeated relapse is avoidable when individuals feel empowered and are equipped with the tools necessary for self-directed change. The SMART Recovery® method is a four-point program employing a variety of ...

An Introduction to SMART Recovery®
Addiction is a serious condition that affects every part of a sufferer’s life. The recovery process is different for every addict. Almost every method, however, eventually entails analyzing one’s own behaviors and assessing environmental influences on the addiction. SMART Recovery® helps addicts eliminate addictive behaviors through careful self-analysis using scientifically based treatments. Understanding SMART Recovery® While most people are familiar with AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, it is heavily faith-based and often supported by religious communities. Conversely, SMART Recovery® is secular and based on scientifically supported evidence and treatments. SMART Recovery® branded itself as such in 1994, after being known as the Alcohol ...