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Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) for Addiction

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) is an abstinence-based, nonprofit organization that offers no-cost addiction recovery support groups that exist as an alternative to traditional twelve-step recovery programs (e.g., Alcoholic Anonymous). Whereas traditional twelve-step recovery programs espouse a spiritual awakening model of recovery, SMART Recovery claims to have a self-empowerment-based curriculum. This curriculum includes skills training and mutual support. This community can be a good fit for individuals who experience addictive behaviors but do not want to identify as being an alcoholic, an addict, or powerless (the first step in twelve-step recovery programs is to endorse the view that one is powerless over one’s addiction and that one’s life has become unmanageable, and the second step is endorsing the view that God or a “Higher ...

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