Morningside Recovery happily offers SMART Recovery oriented groups as one of our many group therapy options. SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a self-empowering, science-based recovery program that advocates the individual to take responsibility for their actions and find the answers and power within themselves to overcome bad habits, be they addiction-related or otherwise.
The goal of SMART Recovery is to help individuals become self-reliant by building their motivation, teaching them coping skills, helping them self-manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and encouraging a balanced lifestyle.
At Morningside Recovery, this increasingly popular approach to recovery has been adapted to our clinical setting, with structured group meetings facilitated by a specially trained counselor on a weekly basis. During meetings, clients share how SMART Recovery techniques helped them in the past week or how they may have struggled with urges or activating events, so they can examine them as a group. With this participatory exercise and simple decision-based “homework,” each individual learns how to apply SMART Recovery reasoning to their own lives.
Morningside Recovery strives to expose clients to as many therapeutic experiences and skill sets as possible in order to treat the individual according to their subjective needs. SMART Recovery is not for everyone, as it is considered a secular, logic-based view of recovery. However, those who may feel helpless in the face of their mental illness or addiction can learn to take accountability for their actions and feel empowered to change themselves through this 12-Step alternative model, making it a unique and viable approach to recovery. In conjunction with individual therapy and our numerous other group offerings and treatment modalities, Morningside Recovery finds the SMART Recovery model to be an effective aid for especially driven clients.