There are currently several SMART Recovery Meetings taking place throughout the week in and around Akron, OH.
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Akron, Ohio – SMART Recovery Meetings
What is Smart Recovery?
SMART is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training. SMART Recovery is a global community of meetings whose purpose is to provide support for those with addiction issues. These issues can be substance-related such as addiction to drugs or alcohol, or issues relating to other harmful behaviors such as overeating or gambling.
SMART Recovery offers in-person meetings as well as online meetings. Several in-person meetings are held in the Akron, Ohio area.
SMART Recovery meetings are open to those with addiction issues as well as to those that may have a family or friend struggling with addiction. These meetings are free of charge and are designed to empower change through a more positive lifestyle.
These meetings are led by trained volunteers who have been able to overcome their addictive behaviors. There is an emphasis on achieving positive lifestyle changes in order to live a life free from harmful addictions.
People who have achieved abstinence from addictive behaviors are encouraged to become trained and to be a volunteer to lead these meetings. Being a volunteer leads to positive reinforcement of the skills and the values that are taught from the SMART Recovery program.
What to Expect During SMART Recovery Meetings
SMART meetings are offered online as well as in-person. Meetings allow participants to learn how to take charge of their recovery and create a more balanced positive life.
Those who have family or friends struggling with addictions are also encouraged to attend meetings for support. Being able to support a loved one who is going through treatment is not always an easy task. Learning how to offer your support and encouragement through communication and positive boundaries is a skill that can be learned by attending meetings.
SMART uses its 4 point program to help clients feel empowered to take control over their negative and usually harmful behaviors.
These four points are:
- Build and maintain motivation
- Cope with urges
- Manage thoughts, behaviors and feelings
- Live a balanced life
The SMART Recovery program works and many participants have made positive changes in their lives utilizing the four-point plan and by attending meetings for support.
SMART Recovery recognizes that no single solution works for every person. Offering a variety of options for participants allows many individuals the freedom of finding their own personal path to an addiction-free life.
SMART meetings are judgment-free. The focus on recovery is the present and future and not on a participant’s past behaviors. Labels such as “addict’ or “alcoholic” are discouraged in these meetings as they tend to reduce motivation for some people.
Participants are taught skills such as communication, boundary setting, and learning to cope with anger and frustration. These are skills that are necessary when dealing with addictive behaviors. Learning these valuable tools has allowed many participants to learn more about the flaws in their choices and behaviors. This knowledge allows for long-term recovery.
What to Expect During SMART Recovery Meetings
During a SMART meeting, a trained volunteer will read through the Group Welcome which gives a quick overview of the meeting and how it will run. There is a time for every person to talk about their successes as well as their challenges if they choose to do so.
Issues are discussed further as a group and the SMART tools are applied to the scenarios. This is a great time in the meeting to be able to better understand and practice the tools.
Group discussion is encouraged and is a pillar of the meetings. Allowing individuals to bring their opinions and experiences to the group allows everyone to gain new and different insights into their challenges. It also opens up discussion for multiple solutions for a problem based on the individuals and how they cope.
SMART meetings are nonjudgmental and do not discriminate. They will meet the individual where they are in their recovery process and work hard to provide tools for overcoming addictions.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important
Peer meetings allow participants to gain support from others who are on different parts of the recovery process. Encouragement is a key aspect of in-person meetings.
Learning and practicing new behaviors and skills are an important part of recovery. These meetings allow for practical application of the tools SMART recovery uses in their process.
SMART meetings offer acceptance, support, and connection. This is extremely helpful when learning how to overcome addictions or harmful behavior. Being able to leave a meeting with a renewed sense of hope is empowering.
Attending these meetings is also helpful for people who may know someone who is recovering from addiction. It allows one to gain helpful skills such as boundary setting in order to support a loved one.
Traveling to Springboard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often chose to travel from Akron, Ohio to Springboard Recovery for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. There are a variety of reasons one might choose out of state recovery:
- Needing to leave a potentially dangerous situation
- Health insurance may only cover certain recovery programs
- Privacy reasons may make a program closer to home harder to manage
- A fresh start in a new location allows one to be away from triggers or negative environments
- Some find a program away from home allows for more time to focus on recovery and helps them to maintain their commitment to completing the program by eliminating distractions.
At SpringBoard Recovery, we offer recovery housing in addition to our addiction treatment program. If you have questions regarding insurance coverage or any questions about our addiction treatment program, we would be happy to answer them. Please contact us so we can help you find the answers you are looking for.