What Is SMART Recovery?SMART recovery meetings utilize several approaches to empower and educate patients on the causes of addiction so they can control their sobriety.
The SMART recovery four points are:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Living a balanced life
In our SMART recovery groups, patients will be able to connect with others in the recovery community and learn more about themselves in the process. We use this program as a part of our Philadelphia drug treatment to help patients become independent and self-reliant. While the support of loved ones is crucial, addiction is a common catalyst for codependent relationships and enabling behaviors, both of which are dangerous. Instead, we teach our patients to be responsible and aware of their actions and manage their thoughts and behaviors in sobriety.
No one is immune to relapse, so it’s important to be prepared to handle any challenges that can threaten your progress. The SMART Recovery Program uses a range of techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing, to teach patients these skills. We don’t want our patients to be reliant on others for their sobriety. Although we will always offer our support and encourage their loved ones to do the same, we want our clients to have full control of their recovery.
SMART Recovery Tools: Stages of Change
Below are the five stages of our SMART Recovery Program in Philadelphia:
- Precontemplation Stage: In this stage, patients don’t realize their problem. People in this stage usually show up to SMART recovery group meetings because of outside pressures (like family or court orders). It’s normal for individuals in the precontemplation stage to resist change and avoid talking about their addictions. They may also blame their drug or alcohol problems on genetics, family, spouses, society, etc.
- Contemplation Stage: At this stage, the individual knows they have a problem but struggles to understand it. People in this stage need further motivation to set definite plans for recovery in the future. As they come closer to the end of this stage, they may experience a mixture of anxiety, anticipation, and excitement.
- Preparation Stage: As you may have guessed, this stage includes creating a plan and taking action. However, people in this stage of SMART recovery may still need a boost to keep going.
- Action Stage: In this stage, change is clear and visible. This stage requires the most commitment and is the most energy-consuming.
- Maintenance Stage: Change in addiction recovery always needs to be sustained by certain behaviors. The last stage of SMART Recovery is the one during which patients develop certain habits or routines that help them stay sober.
The SMART Recovery Program offered at Banyan Treatment Centers Philadelphia is one of the many effective unique programs and therapies we use to treat addiction. Our SMART recovery method can help you or a loved one develop the basic skills and tools needed for long-term sobriety. If you’d like more information about this program or the other levels of addiction care we offer, contact us here.