SMART Recovery

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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

How Does SMART Recovery Work?

SMART Recovery 4-Point programs consists of:

  1. Building and Maintaining Motivation
  2. Coping with Urges
  3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
  4. 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)
  • Brainstorming
  • The urges log

Local SMART Recovery Meetings

To find local SMART Recovery meetings, visit

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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To learn about an alternative way to treat addiction, visit Brainspotting for Addiction.