What is SMART Recovery?

Are you not connecting with the 12-steps? Why not try out SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is Self-Management and Recovery Training – it provides tools for addiction recovery based on scientific research. SMART Recovery is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group which offers face-to-face meetings and online meetings. An online message board and 24/7 chat room are also available. 

SMART Recovery teaches tools for an evidence-based addiction treatment, it is abstinence based, but it does not use the labels "addict" or "alcoholic," but encourages participation only for as long as it is perceived to be useful, allows for an anonymous participation via a screen name on the website when participating in online meetings, and teaches tools for recovery that are useful regardless of what the participant believes or not about God.

Many often believe that addicts are unemployed, involved in criminal behaviors, homeless, and have a host of interpersonal issues. While this is sometimes true, there are many addicts that continue to “function” in society by remaining employed, providing for their families, being involved in family activities, and not appearing to be an addict. 

SMART Recovery goes off of a 4-Point Program:

  1.       Building and Maintaining Motivation
  2.       Coping with Urges
  3.       Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors,
  4.       Living a Balanced Life

With fewer than 1,000 meetings, it is about 100 times smaller than AA. Many SMART Recovery participants include 12-step meetings in their recovery plans, either to have a sufficient face-to-face component, or because they find aspects of both programs helpful.

Learn more about SMART Recovery meetings in Georgia.


Written by Rachel Rabinowitz, Posted in Counseling Services

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Rachel Rabinowitz

Rachel Rabinowitz

Rachel’s primary role is to bring awareness and prevention strategies into Jewish day schools and synagogues, as well as into the Atlanta Jewish community. She also works as a case manager and therapist in the Solutions Atlanta Intensive Outpatient Program, where she specializes in individual, group and family therapy — specifically adolescents, young adults and their families.