What is SMART Recovery?
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based program for people having problems with using substance and engaging in self-destructive behaviors. The program offers scientifically-proven and evidence-based tools, ideas, and methods for addiction recovery which help people shift to lead more constructive and satisfying lives. SMART Recovery is not a spin-off of Alcoholics Anonymous and is not based on your religion or spirituality. To learn more about SMART Recovery, visit http://www.smartrecovery.org.
How does SMART Recovery Work?
SMART Recovery 4-Point programs consists of:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
- Living a Balanced Life
and includes tools for accomplishing each of these points.
SMART Recovery Tools
Here are examples of SMART Recovery tools:
- Change plan worksheet
- Cost-benefit analysis
- The ABC's to identify our irrational beliefs
- DISARM (Destructive Imagery and Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method)
- The urges log
How Elaine Can Help
Counseling with SMART Recovery principles involves cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and makes a connection between your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors. By getting in touch with your deep-held beliefs and emotions that result in self-destructive behaviors, you can empower yourself to make a change. The primary focus is on the present-day events and on the causes of self-destructive behaviors, with the goal of learning what to do about these behaviors to achieve a positive lifestyle shift.
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