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SMART Addiction Recovery Program in San Diego

Twelve-step programs are valuable, but other approaches like SMART Recovery offer another empowering path to sobriety.

What Is SMART Recovery?

“SMART” stands for (Self Management And Recovery Training). This approach offers an alternative to 12-step programs, and helps people recover from a wide variety of addictive behaviors — including substance abuse. Meetings are available online and face-to-face, and there is an active online community of SMART Recovery participants. Based on rational emotional behavioral therapy, the SMART Recovery approach teaches you ways of changing your thinking, feelings and actions — so you can work toward a better quality of life. 

How SMART Recovery Works

SMART recovery for drug and alcohol addiction

This approach teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance when it comes to substance abuse and other behavior, so you can live a satisfying life in recovery. Rather than focusing on a higher power (as in the case of 12-step approaches), SMART Recovery relies on a set of tools and techniques for self-directed change. It also embraces the evolution of psychological treatment, medication management and addiction medicine.

Through rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), SMART Recovery is constructed around a four-point program to help you gain independence from addiction (substances or activities). The four-point program includes:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life

How You Can Use SMART Recovery at Hope Canyon — and Beyond

Because SMART Recovery works well with a variety of addiction treatment approaches, you can use it in tandem with dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, wellness and other approaches we provide at Hope Canyon. Plus, you can continue with SMART Recovery meetings after you’ve completed treatment. Many people find the approach useful for handling many of life’s challenges beyond substance abuse. If you’d like to find out more about SMART Recovery, give us a call. We’re happy to tell you about the ways this scientific approach has worked for our clients.