SMART Recovery is a secular recovery program for any type of substance or behavioral addiction. This is a growing movement in the US and other countries because 12-step recovery programs do not appeal to all segments of the population, although they are helpful for many.
Our office-- New Leaf Therapy Associates LLC in Omaha Nebraska--hosts a weekly 60 minute SMART Recovery meeting every Thursday at noon which is free and open to those interested in addiction recovery. The SMART Recovery website at www.smartrecovery.org explains more about how the program works:
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face to face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. Friends and Family meetings are only available online, as there are none yet meeting face to face in Omaha at this time.
The 4-Point Program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
Point 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
Point 4: Living a Balanced Life
You'll find that a solution or a tool for your recovery is talked about at every meeting. In addition, there is free flowing discussion rather than only one person talking at a time. Participants can just sit and listen or share their concerns and ideas.
We hope you'll check out our meeting, or one of the others in Omaha meeting in the evenings at other locations, which are outlined on the SMART Recovery website.