Our Methods

SMART Recovery helps individuals gain independence from addictive behavior through activities and discussions based on scientifically proven methods.

Much of the information utilized by SMART Recovery is drawn from the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), particularly from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as developed by psychologist Albert Ellis, Ph.D.  The tools and activities we offer are consistent with methods discovered by scientific research on effective treatment.  With each advance in scientific knowledge , our program evolves based on that new data.

SMART Recovery is not a Twelve Step program.  SMART Recovery meetings are often smaller, encouraging discussion and “crosstalk”.  A typical meeting will start with a quick introduction ( your name and the issue you’re trying to overcome), followed by a “check-in”, giving your group some insight into your past week or so in relation to the behavior you’re trying to change. Based on what comes up, there might be a discussion related to a topic raised, or an activity from the SMART Handbook. While we do not offer hard and fast advice, the people in your group will offer support and suggestions that may be helpful in your struggle, based on their personal experiences.

Some people choose to attend just SMART Recovery meetings while others choose to also attend Twelve Step meetings, Women for Sobriety and others that appeal to them. It is up to each individual to decide what works best. SMART Recovery supports whatever works best for each individual.

Sound interesting? Click on our Meeting Schedule to find one near you!

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