Drug abuse and addiction have become major social issues around the globe. Programs for the treatment of addiction have developed innovative new methods for effective recovery treatments that provide lasting results. Those seeking addiction treatments can find a variety of options that suit their situation and preferences best. SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is one choice. SMART Recovery is a program that employs scientific approaches such as motivational, cognitive, and behavioral techniques evolving from real case instances, but as a secular approach that represents a unique addiction treatment.
SMART Recovery began in 1992 as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network (ADASHN). Later, in 1994 the organization operated as SMART Recovery. It is an international, not-for-profit organization. It represents a philosophy of self-empowerment involving methods such as motivational interviews, or Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methodologies like Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
Stages of Change
Of course, SMART Recovery recognizes that individuals may be at various stages of substance abuse/addiction. Those stages include the following:
- Pre-contemplation – participants learn to recognize that they have a problem.
- Contemplation – participants evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of their lifestyle choice.
- Determination – the resolve to undergo personal changes.
- Action – seeking new ways of handling addictive behavior.
- Maintenance – after several months the participant should have made progress and seeks ways to secure these gains.
- Graduation – after a participant has sustained lifestyle improvements for a longer period, they have the option of “graduating” from the program.
It’s recognized that relapses at any point are a common occurrence and are treated as learning experiences.
Notably, the validity and effectiveness of treatment through the SMART Recovery program is recognized by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Types of Addictions Treated by SMART Recovery Programs
Over the last decade, SMART Recovery programs have grown, especially in the United States. However, Australia and the United Kingdom have also seen an upsurge in the number of meetings held each year.
All in all, many of the 12-Step programs available treat only alcohol abuse or addictions. But, a SMART Recovery program offers much more.
- Behavioral addictions
- Prescription drug addictions
- Illicit drug addictions
If you would like more information about SMART Recovery, please contact us as New Beginnings today. Also, we will also be happy to provide information about our evidence-based treatment programs. So, take a few minutes now to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one overcome addiction.