We’ve had clients in the past who have asked us whether there are any groups similar to AA out there for various reason: They don’t identify wiyj the concept of a higher power, they need more structure or it simply hasn’t worked for them. If these are some issues that you struggle with in AA, consider SMART recovery.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for each program point:
1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
4: Living a Balanced Life
Their approach includes:
• teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance;
• provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions;
• encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives;
• teaches techniques for self-directed change;
• supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication;
• works on drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and other addictions as complex maladaptive behaviours with possible physiological factors;
• evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves;
• differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.
Check your local times for the next SMART recovery meeting. Click here.