SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a peer-supported program for promoting change from dysfunctional behaviors that are blocking you from being your best. SMART offers an alternative to 12-Step programs.
SMART follows a 4-point program:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation;
- Coping with Urges;
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors;
- Living a Balanced Life.
Tools and techniques are readily available on the website to help you discover your power to choose to change.
SMART Recovery is a science-based program focused on each individual’s ability to understand how their perceptions affect their actions. Empowerment and choice are keywords in SMART Recovery.
The underlying theories include the Stages of Change model, Motivational Interviewing, Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and relapse prevention.
There is a companion program designed to support the concerned significant others of people with substance use disorders and other dysfunctional behaviors (like disordered eating, sex addiction, problem gambling, over-spending, and more). This companion program is called, naturally enough, Friends & Family, and is built using the Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training model developed by Dr. Robert Meyers.
SMART Recovery can be found locally and online using the meeting locator.
Two face-to-face meetings are available in Charlotte:
200 Queens Road
Charlotte NC 28204
1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 300
Charlotte NC 28209
To learn more about SMART Recovery–because this is a stub page that will be updated as I go–follow the link to the SMART Recovery website.