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Ashland, Ohio Smart Recovery Meetings
What Is SMART Recovery?
SMART is an acronym that stands for Self Management and Recovery Training. SMART Recovery meetings are meetings that provide support for anyone battling addictions. These addictions can be substance abuse related or other harmful addictive behaviors.
SMART Recovery meetings are open to anyone who is fighting a problem with addiction. Meetings are also a source of support for those who have a friend or family member who is facing challenges.
Meetings are of no cost to attend and are open to any person regardless of their religion or political beliefs. They are designed to empower the participant to find change and enable a more positive lifestyle.
These meetings are held in-person around the Ashland, Ohio area as well as online. Meetings also provide support for those who may be dealing with a loved one who is working to end their addictions.
SMART meetings are led by trained volunteers. Often these volunteers have been through the steps of the SMART program and have succeeded at changing their harmful behaviors. Being a meeting leader allows for reinforcement of the SMART principles and helps to further positive behavior and choices.
What to Expect During SMART Recovery Meetings
SMART meetings help participants make positive changes in their lives using a four-point program, This program is use as a tool to help participants take back their power and control in their lives. Controlling their own recovery allows participants to make positive changes necessary in their lives to overcome addictive or harmful behaviors.
SMART meetings provide peer support. Peer support is a critical part of recovery. It allows participants to have a space where they are understood and can feel more at ease while working on life changes.
If someone has friends or family who may be struggling with addictions, SMART Recovery meetings can be a place to learn and use new tools to better support their loved one. The skills that are taught and encouraged through SMART Recovery meetings can be helpful when dealing with loved ones who are suffering from addictive behaviors.
The four-point program that is used in SMART recovery is:
- Learning to cope with urges
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors
- How to live a balanced life
These points as well as other coping skills are taught and reinforced in meetings. Participants are able to discuss their own challenges as well as weigh in on their peers issues. Participants are encouraged to refer to these four points when faced with issues.
It is true that participants are all individuals with unique learning styles. Peer meetings allow for people from many different backgrounds to come together as one and discuss challenges and add in personal thoughts and ideas for coping behaviors. Meetings allow for participants to be able to experience various points of view on behaviors.
Meetings are judgment-free and focus on the participant’s present and future behaviors. SMART meetings do not focus on past behaviors or choices. It does not matter what the past is. Change and recovery happen in the present.
SMART Recovery meetings do not use the labels “addict” or “alcoholic”. These terms are considered negative and can have a negative effect on a person’s recovery process.
Skills such as positive boundary setting, communication and coping with feelings such as anger and frustration are discussed during these meetings. Meetings are a great setting to learn how others may deal with similar situations in very different ways.
What to Expect During SMART Recovery Meetings
A trained volunteer will lead SMART Recovery meetings. The meetings tend to run the same format each time. The meeting begins with a Group Welcome which is an overview of the purpose of the meeting and how it will be run.
Meetings are open to the public and people are encouraged to just show up.
During meetings, there is a time for anyone to speak up and talk about successes or challenges. Participation is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Group discussions are an important tool for learning new behaviors as everyone brings something different to a topic.
Participants are able to offer suggestions to one another and use the coping tools that have been discussed in other meetings. This part of the meeting is voluntary as well.
Why is Attending Addiction Recovery Meetings Important
Peer meetings are an important tool in the recovery process. Peer support and encouragement have been shown to provide accountability to those working on overcoming addiction.
According to an Ashland County Community Needs Assessment poll, 17% of the population in the county reported drug or alcohol abuse. This is lower than the national average. Meetings such as SMART Recovery and other services are a great way to help these numbers stay low.
SMART Recovery meetings offer support, acceptance and important skills to help those suffering from harmful behaviors. Attending these meetings allows one to gain insight from peers who are also in the recovery process. Helping others discover how to practically apply these new tools and skills for real-life challenges is empowering.
Traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
People often choose to travel from Alliance, Ohio to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona for rehabilitation services.
Some reasons one might choose to go out of state for drug and alcohol rehab are:
- People find a program away from home lowers distractions and allows for total focus on recovery.
- People have different health insurance coverages and some insurances only cover out-of-state programs.
- People may find it easier to focus on recovery in a new environment.
- People may need a more private situation for recovery. Some people may be in prominent positions in their businesses or career.
- People may find an out-of-state program gives them the ability to leave a dangerous situation.
SpringBoard Recovery offers recovery housing as well as an addiction recovery program. If you have any questions regarding insurance or have any questions about our facility and program, please contact us.