There are a few SMART Recovery meetings taking place every week in the Aberdeen area.
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What is SMART Recovery?
SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery has over 3000 meetings worldwide. There are meetings available in Aberdeen. Online meetings and message boards are also available.
It is a science-based program, not a 12 step process with a spiritual side like AA or NA. This program is designed to teach people skills to stop their addiction.
SMART Recovery views addiction as a behavior that needs to be changed. Addictive behaviors include drugs, alcohol, and other behaviors like gambling or shopping. The change happens by using the SMART tools to learn self-reliance and self-empowerment.
There is a four point system to SMART Recovery:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings, and behavior
- Living a balanced life
SMART Recovery also provides tools and training that explain the four points. Some of the tools include:
- Unconditional self-acceptance
- DISARM- Destructive Images and Self-Talk Awareness
- Change plan worksheet
- Decision making worksheet (cost-benefit analysis)
- Role playing and rehearsing
- Hierarchy of values
What Happens at a SMART Recovery Meeting?
Most people can be nervous when they start something new. For someone’s first time at a SMART meeting, they will be welcomed and given a few papers that explain SMART Recovery.
The meetings are free, and last for an hour to an hour and a half. Meetings can range in size from three to a dozen or so people. Participation in the group is optional. At meetings the labels of addict or alcoholic are not used.
Meetings are run by a trained volunteer. A person will read a group welcome statement and then everyone does a check-in.
During the check-in members talk about any successes or challenges they have had. People are always welcome to pass and just listen to the discussions.
After check-ins participants review the SMART tools and how they can be used. At the end of the meeting, donations are accepted and someone reads the closing.
Why is Attending an Addiction Recovery Meeting Important?
Peer support makes a significant positive difference during the recovery process. It helps people feel encouraged and reminds them they are not alone. Change is possible.
Organizations like SMART Recovery and other support groups help give people hope. It is good to know that someone else has been through a similar situation and can be a guide.
Aberdeen Substance Use Statistics
The Community Health Needs Assessment done by Sanford Health in Aberdeen shows that substance abuse is a concern for the community. The top three community issues regarding mental health and substance abuse are:
- Drug use and abuse, including prescription drugs, synthetic opioids, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.
- Alcohol use and abuse
The survey also showed that:
- 30% of the people had drugs in their homes that were not being used.
- 28% of the people said that alcohol use had a harmful effect on them or a family member in the past two years.
- 11% had a harmful effect from prescription or over-the-counter drug use.
- 3% wanted help with prescription or non-prescription drug use.
- In Brown County, 18% of driving deaths are alcohol-related.
Of the people surveyed 40% binge drink at least once per month.
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that elevates a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to .08 or higher. For men, this is drinking 5 or more drinks in about two hours. For women, it is 4 or more drinks.
In the survey, it was reported that:
- 22% of people binge drink once a month
- 16% of people binge drink once a week
- 4% of people binge drink 2-3 times a week
Traveling to SprigBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Making the decision to go to drug and alcohol rehab can be hard for some people. Once that decision is made they still need to find the program that will be best for them. What works for person A may not help person B at all.
There are many reasons why traveling to Arizona from Aberdeen for rehab is beneficial:
- SpringBoard works with many major insurance companies, treatment can be expensive if insurance does not cover the program. Traveling to a covered program can be more cost-effective than staying local and paying out of pocket.
- Sometimes staying local makes it easy to quit rehab and just go home. Being in a program farther away from home makes it harder to just leave. If someone leaves rehab too soon they will likely start using drugs or alcohol again.
- For some people going out of town makes sense because they may have a high-profile career and they want to avoid publicity.
- Avoiding places and people that could encourage someone to use drugs and alcohol again is a very good reason to go to rehab in another state.
SpringBoard Recovery also has sober living homes available for people. A sober living home is a group residence for those who are transitioning back to a regular life after rehab.
People living in a sober living house do not have a restricted schedule. They can go to work and do other things. There are rules to stay in the residence.
Each sober living home will be a little different but they all do not allow drugs or alcohol use.
At SpringBoard Recovery, people are our priority. No one will ever be shamed for needing help to stop using drugs or alcohol. We treat everyone with the respect they deserve.
We want everyone to have freedom from drug and alcohol addiction and will create a personalized plan to get the job done. We will even check insurance coverage for everyone who
is considering coming to SpringBoard.
Please contact us today for more information.