Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be so helpful to people who are battling substance abuse problems. These organizations have helped millions of people all over the world. SMART Recovery is an option that is available to those would like an alternative to a 12-Step program.
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SMART Meetings in Florence, Arizona
Addictions can destroy lives. Addictions to drugs, alcohol, or activities like gambling are hard to stop. Addiction recovery support group meetings can help. There are several addiction recovery groups in and near Florence, Arizona.
What is SMART Recovery?
SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. SMART recovery is a group to support people who want to stop addictive behaviors. It could be alcohol addiction, drug addictions of any kind, or behavioral addictions like excessive spending.
SMART Recovery is different from a 12-step group like Alcoholics Anonymous. This program uses science-based behavior changes to stop addictions. With 12-step groups, one of the steps is to admit to being powerless. In SMART recovery it is the opposite. It teaches self-directed change and self-empowerment.
SMART recovery meetings are free to attend in person or online. There are online message boards available 24 hours a day. People can buy SMART recovery books and resources from the website. SMART recovery uses a four-point system:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings, and behavior
- Living a balanced life
Is There a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Problem in Florence, Arizona?
Florence is located inside Pinal county. A survey of the residents of the county showed a need for drug and alcohol recovery help. Survey results from October 2020 showed the following:
- In 2018 54% of high school seniors had used alcohol and 10.4% had used prescription drugs
- 44% of those surveyed reported that they or someone close to them has experienced drug misuse, addiction, or overdose
- 56% of those surveyed in the report said that they or someone close to them has experienced alcohol abuse or addiction
- 83% of those surveyed believe the most significant risky behavior in the community is drug abuse
- 70% of those surveyed believe the next most significant risky behavior in the community is alcohol abuse
- Opioid overdoses totaled at 363 overdoses from June 2017 to November 2019, 50 of those people died from the overdose.
The Arizona Department of Health Services provides lists of drug and alcohol-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations by year. The statistics for 2018 in Pinal County are:
- 410 emergency room visits from alcohol use
- 1044 emergency room visits from drug use
- 306 hospitalizations from drug use
- 326 hospitalizations from alcohol use
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office had a large drug bust during a traffic stop on October 1st, 2020. A traffic stop just before 1 pm, done by a K-9 deputy found almost $1.8 million dollars of drugs in an SUV. There were 54,840 Fentanyl, 103.7 pounds of Meth, and 124.8 pounds of heroin inside the vehicle.