With the global prevalence of drug abuse and addiction today, addiction treatment programs have evolved with the latest, most innovative methods to help meet the increasing need for effective, lasting recovery results. Someone seeking addiction treatment finds an abundance of choices, giving them an opportunity to choose a program that best suits their needs and preferences. Among these choices is an organization known as SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training). This is a unique program that utilizes a science-based, secular approach, using evidence-based techniques such as motivational, behavioral and cognitive methods.
SMART Recovery is a science-based philosophy that seeks to teach self-empowerment utilizing a methodology composed of motivational interviewing or Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques such as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
What is Different About the SMART Recovery Program?
During the process of recovery, participants in a SMART Recovery program are encouraged to focus on four main areas, known as the 4-Point Program:
- enhancing and maintaining motivation to abstain
- coping with urges
- managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors through effective problem solving
- balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions, while achieving lifestyle balance
Although this program does not use the familiar “12-steps,” it can be used as a supplement to one of those types of programs.
The scientific approach utilized by the SMART recovery program seeks to:
- teach self-reliance and self-empowerment
- provide education, support, and encouragement, including open discussions
- approach addiction as a maladaptive behavior with possible physiological factors
- evolve the program in relation to new scientific knowledge regarding addiction
- teach personal responsibility for change
It is important to note that the SMART Recovery program is recognized by the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the NIH (National Institutes of Health).
An Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment
SMART Recovery is an acclaimed, non-profit organization that assists people to achieve abstinence from drug or alcohol. The approach is secular and scientifically based. The program uses non-confrontational, behavioral, motivational, and cognitive methods.
People who utilize this treatment method are able to prevent relapse by making better choices. They gain an understanding of the underlying reasons for their drug or alcohol abuse and develop strategies for avoiding that behavior in the future.
If you would like more information regarding SMART Recovery or our program at Choices Recovery, please call today. The search for the best addiction treatment program is much easier if you have solid facts and know what to expect in the facility and the program. One of our representatives will be happy to talk with you. He or she can do a confidential assessment and recommend a treatment program designed for your specific situation. Life is about choices. Make the right one today by calling Choices for your addiction treatment needs.