We have found that teenagers respond well to the cognitive-behavioral approach used in SMART recovery. SMART recovery empowers students to develop problem-solving and coping skills in order to successfully resist urges to use substances, avoid relapse, and make healthy life choices associated with abstinence. We also provide students opportunities to participate in community based AA and NA meetings. Students are assessed for substance abuse or dependency and are prescribed the appropriate frequency of groups per week.
SMART Recovery is humanistic and affirms that human beings have the inherent ability to recognize their problems, learn from their mistakes and change self-defeating beliefs. This means that SMART Recovery emphasizes self-responsibility, self motivation, and self discipline as the primary means of stopping troublesome substance use. From the SMART Recovery perspective recovery is a matter of learning to recognize and change the bio-psycho-social conditions that maintain a person’s addictive behavior. Recovery is a process of remaining abstinent from substances while retraining and reconditioning one’s self to cope with problems and enjoying life without substances. Our Recovery Group is lead by a certified SMART Recovery therapist.