SMART Recovery is a fresh approach to addiction recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.
- Who Attends: Anyone in the recovery community
- Who Leads: Tim Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why: Learn skills to overcome addictions and transform your life
- What To Expect: Moving from addictive substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.
- When: Mondays at 6:00 pm
- Where: 857 Coleman Blvd. Suite D, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (WakeUp Carolina’s Office)
Our meetings focus on how to abstain from any type of addictive behavior. SMART is abstinence-based and focuses on four points:
- First – Enhancing and maintaining motivation;
- Second – Coping with urges;
- Third – Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and
- Fourth – Living a balanced life.
Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and other cognitive-behavioral techniques, we operate on the premise that people are responsible for their own behavior and that they can change their behavior by changing their thinking.
The in-person meeting that’s hosted at WakeUp Carolina lasts 60 minutes, is confidential, and operates in a workshop format. At each meeting, we practice one of the SMART Recovery techniques. We are a self-help peer support group, not professional therapy. The host’s job is to make sure everyone has a chance to participate, to keep the focus on addictive behaviors, and to encourage a rational perspective.
SMART meetings provide an opportunity to learn and practice new techniques. If you are struggling with urges or if you relapse, come to a meeting and discuss what happened. We can help you learn to prevent more relapses by managing your urges. It takes time to learn the SMART tools and to deal with the daily hassles without relying on addictive behaviors.
Be patient with yourself but be persistent. You can take responsibility for your behavior and emotional life by exercising the power of choice.