Fairfield addiction treatment centers provide a variety of aftercare programs, including SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training). Patients attend group meetings and discuss how and why they first started abusing drugs, and they are eventually taught coping skills to help them live a sober life.
SMART Recovery is one of the most popular alternatives to 12-step programs. The name is an acronym for “self-management recovery training.” The fundamental idea of the program is to use scientifically proven techniques to change behavior patterns, and to update these techniques as new research becomes available.
SMART is a nonprofit organization that originated as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. The organization adopted the SMART name and approach in 1994. The program is free to anyone to attend, and the organization supports itself by soliciting donations and selling various publications.
Fairfield drug rehab centers provide the SMART program and other therapy programs. Call (203) 242-8257 today for more information about your treatment options.
Though 12-step programs have proven to be helpful and effective for showing many recovering addicts how to avoid relapse, they are not a “one size fits all” solution. The programs do not work for some patients in recovery, especially those that do not agree with having to declare their faith in a spiritual “higher power” or keeping themselves in the frame of mind that they are powerless to control their addiction.
SMART provides a proven and effective peer support group and aftercare counseling alternative for those who are not finding benefit from 12-step programs. It is available nationwide, and is recognized as an effective treatment program by organizations such as National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Family Physicians. This and other Fairfield alcohol abuse treatment programs can effectively prevent relapse after recovery as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous programs can.
Anyone with an addiction or an abuse issue can potentially benefit from the SMART program, but it will work best for those who have already tried 12-step programs and found they don’t work for them. Those who are new to recovery but know that they will have a problem with the spirituality element of NA or AA might also want to go straight to SMART for their first effort.
It’s not too late to seek help for your addiction. SMART Recovery is available at drug treatment centers in Fairfield. Contact one as soon as possible.