What is SMART Recovery?

When it comes to the next big thing in recovery, many scoff at the ideas that are being thrown around, but SMART addiction programs are the real deal. SMART substance abuse programs aim to set manageable short-term goals that motivate recovery and growth. 

At Next Wind Recovery in New Jersey, we believe in the power of goal setting in combination with additional treatment designed to support client growth and long-term sobriety. We value equality, growth and development, and compassion, individuality, and community.

Next Wind Recovery is a top-rated drug rehab in New Jersey. To learn more about how we use SMART addiction recovery programs at Next Wind Recovery, speak with an expert now.

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery is a program designed around the idea of the individual post-addiction. Through the concept of individualized recovery through the development of personal goals, the SMART Recovery program supports individual growth through self-empowerment and self-reliance.

SMART Recovery focuses clients on four main principles – Building and Maintaing Motivation, Coping with Urges, Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, and Living a Balanced Life. Through a focus on these areas, clients set goals that are “SMART” – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. These goals are created and maintained through the course of treatment.

What Are the Benefits of SMART Recovery?

The benefits of the SMART addiction program are endless. The program’s combination of cognitive behavioral therapies ensures that clients are addressing their mental health and addiction through multiple supportive lenses. Through a series of acronyms, SMART substance abuse programs work to help clients cope with urges, maintain motivation, and live a balanced life.

SMART recovery meetings teach individuals how to cope with desires or cravings following withdrawal. By doing so, the program helps clients prevent relapse and shows them how to address their misdirected thoughts, consider the consequences, and develop a more effective way of addressing the concern. The ABCs of SMART works to address urges and when dealing with emotional upsets. DISARM helps individuals manage harmful self-talk and sabotage. By providing these benefits, the SMART program supports client progress and motivation.

Another beneficial aspect of the SMART Recovery program is how it helps individuals who are trying to maintain their motivation. By following the program, clients are able to set goals for themselves, but like many others, the motivation to maintain progress towards that goal can be challenging to keep and work for. Through the SMART Recovery tools available, clients develop strategic plans for naming their purpose, creating manageable steps towards achievement, and even naming specific people who can be supportive along each step of the process. Through the creation of this plan, clients can focus on progress and motivation toward their end goal of a more balanced life.

Finally, all of this is possible with SMART Recovery, because of the core goal of living a balanced life. SMART addiction programs promote this idea through goal setting and encouraging the ideas of Patience, Practice, Persistence, and Planning. Clients within the SMART Recovery program must learn how to balance their values with their interests and how they can work together to support a balanced lifestyle.

Who is SMART Recovery Best For?

SMART Recovery is designed so that it can be beneficial in many settings and for many individuals. Through assessment of the needs of the community and feedback from clients, SMART recovery meetings have been designed to support specific client groups like Veterans and First Responders, LGBTQIA+ persons, and Teens/Young Adults.

SMART Recovery also offers programs for Friends and Family of those who are addicted or in recovery.

How to Find a Rehab That Offers SMART Recovery Treatment

SMART Recovery is a cognitive behavioral therapy program designed to empower individuals, build resiliency, and motivate growth toward SMART goals. By calling and asking individualized treatment centers, you can ask whether they offer SMART Recovery programming or check out Next Wind Recovery, our New Jersey treatment facility designed with the individual in mind.

At Next Wind Recovery, we offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare programming for clients who are ready to make a significant change with recovery. Through dual-diagnosis treatment, we support clients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, in addition to their addiction recovery needs. Next Wind Recovery offers comprehensive addiction treatment programs in New Jersey. To learn more, access your free consultation with a recovery expert at Next Wind Recovery today.

About the Author

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Duane Anderson, CADC Intern

Duane is a Primary Therapist at Next Wind Recovery.

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