SMART is an addiction recovery support network that is based on the ideas of cognitive behavioral therapy, specifically REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). I'm currently completing the facilitator training that will last for the next 6 weeks, and want to share some of what I've learned so far. These are some of the official positions of the SMART approach.
- SMART recovery groups and tools can help you whether or not you believe addiction is a disease.
- Use of a spiritual practice is a personal choice and not a component of SMART recovery.
- SMART is an abstinence based program, so meetings will emphasize ceasing addictive behaviors entirely rather than trying to moderate them.
- Participants are encouraged to use both SMART and 12 step programs like AA or NA simultaneously if they benefit from both approaches.
- SMART supports the use of mental health and addiction medications prescribed by physicians.
- Meeting leaders are a mix of health professionals, those in recovery, and other community members.