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8/23/2013 12:30:00 PM
SMART Recovery program offered in Village

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group in the United States and is now meeting each Tuesday in the Center for Positive Living in the Village of Oak Creek.

There are over 700 SMART meetings in the USA and the SMART Recovery Manual has been translated into several languages with SMART Recovery beginning in many other countries. Southern and Central Arizona have 16 SMART meetings available. There are two SMART meetings in Prescott, one in Flagstaff and one in Lake Havasu. SMART participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

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, and addiction to other substances and activities.

Online SMART meetings, information and 24/7 chat rooms are also available at SMARTRECOVERY.ORG.

The 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for:

1: Building and Maintaining Motivation

2: Coping with Urges

3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

4: Living a Balanced Life

The SMART Approach

• Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.

• Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.

• Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.

• Teaches techniques for self-directed change.

• Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatment and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.

• Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.

• Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.

• Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.

Some differences between AA and SMART are:

1: No labeling

2: No powerlessness

3: No prayers

4: No steps

5: No sponsors

6: No lifelong commitment

SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine

SMART Meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Center for Positive Living behind Desert Flower Bakery in the Village of Oak Creek, 45 Castle Rock Road, Unit 1A


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