SMART Recovery® (SR) is an international organization
of free mutual-support meetings for overcoming
addictive behaviors. SR meetings are usually open-to the public and led by non-professional peers who volunteer to serve
as meeting "facilitators." One does not need permission to attend free community SMART Recovery meetings and participants
are welcome to 'drop-in' at will. How often and how long one attends is a matter of individual choice.
SR face-to-face and online meetings can be excellent resources for
helping clients make subtantive progress while engaged in professional counseling and after completing professional services. Many of my clients find that in
addition to professional counseling, participating in peer-to-peer
live SMART meetings in the community and/or online meetings helps them improve more quickly and substantively.
Never-the-less, for clients in my private practice, participating in free SR meetings or any other mutual support program
is voluntary. It is not my policy to mandate SR meeting attendance as a condition of counseling services. For more information
on SMART Recovery®, please see following information and check out the SMART national website: SMARTRecovery.org
PLEASE NOTE: The weekly "ABC" group counseling sessions I lead in my office
are not SMART Recovery® meetings
fee-for-service professionally led "ABC" group counseling sessions often share some similarites to free peer-led
SMART meetings but they are also quite different. For example, my professionally led groups are not free nor are they "open" to the general public. Unlike public SMART Recovery meetings, the general public and even clients I see individually cannot just
"drop-in" to my professionally led group sessions. The "ABC" group
counseling sessions are an option only for clients with whom I have established a professional relationship in previous individual sessions. Yet, participation
in these groups is still "by invitation only." Even current clients must have my invitation/permission to attend
my professionally led group sessions and candidates for the group must, at a minimum, be willing to make a time limited commitment
to attend consistently, demonstrate a good faith effort to maintain abstinence while a member of the group, and to actively participate in group sessions with constructive self-disclosure and interation with peers
SMART Recovery® MeetingThurdays, 7:30-9
North Raleigh United
Methodist Church8501 Honeycutt
Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616
Email: AndyOrrABC@gmail.comPhone: (919)274-8001
Go to: TriangleSMARTRecovery.org
for info and directions about the SMART Recovery meetings in:
- Chapel Hill (Tues. evenings)
- Raleigh (Thurs. evenings)
Brief Overview of SMART
is the acronym for Self Management and Recovery Training. SMART Recovery® is a national non-profit organization
that facilitates abstinence based mutual-help groups for recovery from problems related to substance abuse and dependency
or other addictive behaviors. The group is free and open to the public. No prior arrangements are necessary to attend.
The SMART approach views addiction as learned behavior, i.e., a bad habit which can be stopped. Consequently, in contrast
to "twelve step" beliefs, SMART discourages labeling people as "alcoholics" or "addicts," and
prefers to label the addictive behavior patterns rather than the person. Thus, one might say, "I've become addicted to
or dependent on alcohol (or drugs) rather than "I am an alcoholic (or addict)."
SMART does not view addiction
as a disease that renders a person "powerlessness" to help themselves. Consequently, SMART does not include "spiritual"
or religious beliefs. SMART affirms that recovery is a learned behavior that does not require supernatural powers. We view
addictive behavior as a human problem with human solutions.
SMART encourages people to accept and practice self-responsibility,
and to develop self-motivation and self-discipline as the primary means of stopping one's troublesome substance use. With
practice and persistence, one can establish a more balanced lifestyle that enables one to maintain a substance free and satisfying
way of life.
SMART's philosophy and techniques are based upon Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, motivational enhancement,
relapse prevention techniques, and the scientific research on behavioral change processes. As you can see, SMART is an excellent
option for people who desire an alternative, or perhaps even an adjunct, to twelve step programs. Individuals who can adopt
a flexible "take what you need and leave the rest" attitude may benefit from participating in both SMART and twelve
SMART meetings are usually led by volunteer peer “coordinators” who are non-professional
members of the group. Most SMART groups have a “volunteer advisor” serving as a resource person for the group.
Groups usually “pass the hat” for contributions to help defray group expenses.
Anyone interested in
learning about SMART Recovery® is welcome to attend, visitors are welcome, including professionals who just
want to see what it is all about. If you don't plan to visit or attend we hope you will at least pass the word about SMART