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SMART Recovery

  • By: Randolph G. Atkins
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is an international nonprofit organization. It provides free mutual-aid recovery groups for people having problems with any substance or behavior, including alcoholism, drug abuse/addiction, substance abuse/addiction, gambling addiction, and addiction to other behaviors. SMART Recovery uses a self-empowering, science-based approach to recovery based on the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) of Albert Ellis, Ph.D. Headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, SMART Recovery has more than 500 face-to-face meetings and over 16 online meetings available weekly, some of which are in correctional settings. Its Website provides many resources for people dealing with addictions, including message boards, chat rooms, and a large number of reading materials and tools for implementing their recovery program.

SMART Recovery uses a Four-Point Program to empower individuals, teaching them ...

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