SMART Recovery offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups that support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence, from any type of addictive behavior (including those that involve substances and those that don’t). We employ ideas developed from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and other evidence-based cognitive-behavioral theories and techniques.
Flexible, self-directed change is encouraged through many tools and techniques designed to increase self-reliance. These tools and techniques can then be taken home and practiced. A great deal of support is available without formal sponsorship. You are welcome to attend meetings for as long as you find them helpful.
We attempt to avoid relapses, but if they occur we consider them opportunities to learn and grow. Gaining independence from addictive behaviors takes practice, patience, and persistence.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® has tools and techniques which focus on four areas:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Living a balanced life
Our meetings last ninety minutes and operate in a workshop-like atmosphere. A trained volunteer facilitator leads each session and encourages discussion. You may choose to participate, or just sit back and listen.
There is no need to pre-register or reserve a spot. All of our meetings are open, and you can just show up without informing anyone ahead of time. However, if you are coming simply to observe (i.e. you do not have an addictive behavior but are a professional or potential volunteer who just wishes to see what a meeting is like), please introduce yourself to the facilitator before the meeting begins, and please observe our rules of confidentiality and limit your participation.
All meetings start with a brief check-in, followed by time for cross-talk and open discussion. The remainder of the meeting is usually dedicated to learning and practicing skills you can then use on your own. The meetings are free and confidential, but we pass the hat at the end of each meeting for donations to meet our expenses.
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you realize … that you control your own destiny” – Albert Ellis, Ph.D.