Smart Recovery Meetings in Gilbert, Arizona
SMART Recovery meetings offer a more science-based approach to addiction recovery. This is not a 12-Step program. There are several meetings available in the Gilbert area weekly.
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SMART Recovery Meetings in Gilbert, Arizona
Addiction is the urge or compulsion to do something that is hard to stop. Many people have become addicted to drugs and alcohol. They cannot stop using them without help. Addiction recovery groups can help people that want to stop using drugs and alcohol. It is very easy to find a meeting in Gilbert, Arizona.
What is SMART Recovery?
SMART Recovery is a program designed to teach skills to help someone stop their addiction. It is a science-based program. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. The creators of SMART Recovery view addiction as behavior that people can change.
Created in 1994, SMART Recovery has grown to over 3000 local meetings. People can attend meetings in person and online. Meetings are free for everyone. There are also online message boards available.
SMART Recovery avoids labeling people using the terms addict or alcoholic. During meetings or on the online message boards participants encourage one another to continue using the tools to stop an addiction. The tools in SMART recovery can be used for any addiction. It could be drugs, alcohol, or a behavior like overeating or gambling.
SMART recovery uses a four-point system to break the addiction cycle. The program provides many tools people can use to help themselves follow the four points. Each person decides what tools will work best for themselves. The four points of SMART Recovery are:
- 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 Gilbert, Arizona?
Gilbert, Arizona is twenty-two miles from Phoenix. Both cities are in Maricopa County, the county where most people in Arizona live. With that many people in the area, there is a good chance many of them struggle with addictions.
According to the CDC, almost 841,000 people have died from drug overdoses since 1999 in the United States. In 2019 there were 70,630 drug overdose deaths. From October 2018 to September 2019 there were 1,389 drug overdose deaths just in Maricopa county. Most of these deaths were accidental.
The Coordinated Community Health Needs Assessment For Maricopa County listed statistics about alcohol and drug use at the county level.
- 35.8% of those surveyed said drug abuse is one of the most important unhealthy behaviors that need to be addressed in the community
- 49.9% of those surveyed said alcohol abuse is one of the most important unhealthy behaviors that need to be addressed in the community
- 16.1% of adults surveyed reported binge drinking in Maricopa County in 2017