There are many Boston area SMART Recovery meetings taking place every week.
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What is SMART Recovery?
SMART Recovery is a science-based addiction recovery program. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. This program was created in 1994.
SMART Recovery looks at an addiction as a behavior that needs to be changed. The same approach can be used for drugs, alcohol, shopping, or gambling.
This program is not a 12-step based format like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. There is not a spiritual component to the process. SMART recovery does not use the term addict during meetings.
SMART recovery uses worksheets and tools to work through their four-point system for recovery.
The four points are:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings, and behavior
- Living a balanced life
Some tools and worksheets available to work with include:
- Goal setting worksheet
- Change Plan worksheet
- Role playing
- Unconditional self-acceptance
- The ABCs of coping with urges, from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
- DISARM – Destructive Images and Self-Talk Awareness and Refusal Method
- Hierarchy of values
- CBA – cost-benefit analysis
What happens at a SMART Recovery Meeting?
SMART meetings last around an hour to an hour and a half. The meetings are run by volunteers that have completed a training program. When the meeting starts, someone will read a welcome statement. After that, they start the check-in process.
During check-in, group members talk about challenges they have faced, and successes they have had. Participation during the check-in is optional. People can choose to pass on their turn and just listen to the discussion instead.
Once check-in is finished, the meeting moves on to talk about SMART tools and how they can be applied in life. At the end, monetary donations are collected, and a closing statement is read aloud.
Why is attending an Addiction Recovery Meeting Important?
Addiction recovery meetings provide peer support for recovering addicts. Sharing experiences can bring hope. No one has to go through recovery alone.
There is a need for addiction recovery meetings in the Boston area.
Drug and Alcohol Use Statistics in Boston
The Boston Community Health Needs Assessment from 2019 provides some drug and alcohol use statistics:
- 18.5% of the adults surveyed reported current marijuana use.
- 24.1% of the Boston Public High School Youth surveyed reported using marijuana.
- 24.6% of the adults surveyed reported binge-drinking.
- 26.6% of the Boston High School youths surveyed reported using alcohol.
- 12.2% of the Boston Public High School youth surveyed reported binge-drinking.
- 4.2 people per every 10,000 people aged 12 and older went to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
- 394.3 people per every 10,000 people went to the hospital for alcohol abuse or dependence.
- 8.9% of youth surveyed reported using someone else’s prescription drugs or using the prescription differently than it should be used.
- 25 people out of every 10,000 people went to the hospital for an opioid overdose.
The Massachusetts Department of Health lists opioid-related deaths by city and town. This data is based on the cases seen by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. For the City of Boston:
- In 2015 there were 155 opioid deaths.
- In 2016 there were 197 opioid deaths.
- In 2017 there were 202 opioid deaths.
- In 2018 there were 183 opioid deaths.
- In 2019 there were 173 opioid deaths.
- In 2020 there were 245 opioid deaths.
In July 2021, eight people were arrested in connection with a Boston-based drug trafficking operation. The Boston Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces finished an investigation into the drug trafficking organization that began in October 2020. Officers seized 152 pounds of methamphetamine throughout the investigation.
In June 2020, twenty-four Boston gang members were charged with cocaine trafficking. The DEA says that they continued to distribute cocaine during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. During the investigation, 1.7 kilos of cocaine, 27 pounds of marijuana, $200,000 in cash, and some firearms were confiscated.
Traveling to Arizona for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Traveling from Boston to Arizona for rehab might not be the first thing that pops into someone’s mind. Actually, many people are now traveling some distance to attend drug and alcohol rehab programs.
There are a few possible reasons for traveling to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona:
- When someone is trying to stop an addiction, hanging out in the same places can cause recovery to slow down. Being near triggers for drug or alcohol use can lead to a relapse.
- Being close to home can make it easy for a person to quit a program and return to their previous lifestyle. Going out to SpringBoard Recovery in Arizona would make it seem harder to just quit the program and go back to Boston.
- People with high-profile careers can suffer from addictions too. They may feel the need to attend a recovery program far away from anyone they know to maintain a level of privacy.
- Health insurance can also be a reason to travel for drug and alcohol rehab. SpringBoard Recovery works with many major insurance companies. If a local program does not accept someone’s insurance, recovery treatment can become very expensive.
- Some people may need a change of scenery and a feeling of a fresh start to have success in a rehab program.
- For those who want a specific kind of treatment option, like holistic treatment services, travel might be necessary to get the care they are looking for.
- SpringBoard Recovery also has sober living homes available with our drug and alcohol rehab programs.
At SpringBoard Recovery, we provide personalized drug and alcohol treatment options. No two people are the same, they should not have cookie-cutter rehab treatment. Please contact us today to see how we can help you, or your loved one.