If you are reading this article, then it’s likely you are at least contemplating attending your first SMART Recovery Meeting. Perhaps Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous wasn’t for you and you wish to attend a meeting that’s less secular and more scientific in its outlook.
If that’s the case, then choosing to attend a SMART Recovery meeting is perhaps the best decision you will make this year!
The thought of attending a mutual support group for the first time in your life is likely to instigate a mixture of emotions such as excitement, anticipation, anxiety and fear. That’s perfectly normal and not something to worry about too much. Once you have completed this guide, we hope the positive emotions that arise through anticipation outweigh the negative.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, all of our advisors are themselves in recovery, so we know exactly how you might be feeling right now as you contemplate attending a mutual support group for the first time.
But rest assure that experiencing these mixed emotions is well worth it in the end because SMART Recovery will arm you with many strategies that serve to strengthen your recovery. You will also meet many incredible people who serve as wonderful role models for all those who are new to the group.
SMART Recovery meetings are based on a 4-Point Programme. This programme is underpinned on scientific principles. The 4-Point Programme helps you gain your independence from your addiction. This applies equally to both substance misuse and behavioural addiction. The 4-Point Programme consists of a variety of techniques and ideas that assist you in undergoing a life-transforming process.
You will shift from a position of self-destruction to a position where you feel satisfied and pro-active in how you manage your life.
Below, we list each of the 4 Points:
In practice, each point is seldom carried out in the exact same order for each individual attending a SMART Recovery meeting. You will always begin with Point 1, but you are unlikely to move from Point 1 to Point 4 in incremental steps.
Instead, you are likely to take a step back as obstacles and challenges take their toll on your recovery. This should not equate with failure. Recovery is a lifelong process and it takes time and great effort to secure a Balanced Life that Point 4 requires.
Now you are acquainted with the 4-Point Programme, we shall now discuss practical points that serve to prepare you for an actual meeting. This advice covers both online and in-person SMART Recovery meetings.
Below, we offer a number of facts that help to outline SMART Recovery’s approach:
SMART Recovery’s ability to help you is determined by your ability to help yourself. After all, SMART stands for ‘self-management’. This means you ultimately get out of SMART what you are willing to put in.
Whilst it is true you will need to work hard on your recovery no matter which support group you attend, this is particularly the case with SMART Recovery given its founding principles, tools and resources are founded upon scientific and not spiritual principles.
SMART Recovery was founded in 1994. SMART Recovery was created because the founders could see the need for a mutual support organisation founded on scientific and psychological principles. This would serve as an alternative to existing meetings that emphasised spirituality.
Today, SMART Recovery is truly a global organisation. More than 3,000 meetings take place each week across 23 counties. Also, SMART Recovery maintains a thriving online community. There are more than 25 online meetings. This is complemented by an internet message board forums and chat rooms.
To locate an in-person SMART Recovery meeting, simply click here and type in your postcode. You will then be able to view SMART Recovery meetings taking place in your local area.
It’s likely your location will be served by many different SMART Recovery meetings. If you live in a remote region, you may struggle to locate a meeting that’s within a reasonable commuting distance. If this is the case, click here to join the online community instead.
If you are physically addicted to drugs such as opiates or alcohol, then you will require the services of a drug and alcohol detox clinic. When you suddenly stop using these drugs, you will begin to experience potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms require professional medical treatment.
To local a suitable drug and alcohol rehab clinic, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690.