Our Peer Support Specialists/Recovery Coaches are now Certified SMART Recovery facilitators. If anyone is interested in guidance and mentorship through the SMART Recovery program, please contact us.
What is SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery was established in 1994. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. Their purpose is to help individuals gain freedom from addictive behaviors, so that they may lead productive and meaningful lives.
SMART Recovery is a free, self-empowering, science-based recovery program. SMART offers face-2-face and online support groups geared at helping individuals manage their addictive behaviors. The ultimate goal is abstinence from addictive behaviors.
SMART Recovery is a Science Based Program
SMART Recovery applies techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) using their 4 Point Program.
What does this 4 Point Program consist of?
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts Feelings and Behaviors
- Living a Balanced Life.
What is REBT and CBT?
- Established by Dr. Albert Ellis in the 1950’s.
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy was the first form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- REBT works by consistently and repeatedly changing the thinking and behavioral habits which leads to addictive behaviors.
- Both are based on one principle: What we think (rational) influences how we feel (emotional) influences how we act (behavioral).
What is MET?
- A counseling approach which intends to reduce uncertainty and motivating one’s ability to change (self-efficacy).
Why would a Peer Support Specialist or Recovery Coach be Useful with SMART Recovery?
Peer Support/Recovery Coaching is encouraged in almost all recovery pathways. Support and Coaching provide structure, routine and accountability. These three things are very beneficial in the addiction recovery process. Also, a Recovery Coach is a sober, like-minded individual whose personal experience with addiction and recovery mirrors your own. They’ve personally been in your shoes, yet have several years of recovery experience and knowledge.
A Recovery Coach could help you identify and defeat addictive behaviors. The coach could address many of your current hesitations and feelings towards abstinence. Additionally, your coach would provide much needed support in early recovery. They help build and maintain your motivation for change. A coach would help you develop a cost/benefit analysis of continued use. They will help you identify and minimize triggers. They would help you minimize irrational beliefs, practice unconditional acceptance and manage other unhealthy, negative feelings. Together you’d create a recovery plan that would include a relapse prevention plan.
There are many benefits to working with a Recovery Coach. I could not possibly list them all. However, this is a start. Think it over, pass it along to a loved one, and get back to me. It may be the best solution for your recovery. You do not have to go through this alone.