SMART Recovery® (Self-Management and Recovery Training) was started in 1994 and uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.
SMART Recovery® is non-12 Step. AToN Center encourages our residents to embrace “what works” for them. Some residents prefer to focus on SMART Recovery® and some embrace traditional 12 Step, however approximately half of our residents utilize both SMART Recovery® AND 12 Step upon discharge.
SMART Recovery® has a 4-Point Program that guides recovery. These four points are:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
- Living a Balanced Life
At AToN Center, residents learn many SMART Recovery® tools, including the Cost Benefit Analysis, DISARM Technique and Values and Goals Clarification.
The Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a motivation-building tool. This tool focuses on identifying the short- and long-term “pros and cons” of engaging in a particular behavior (substance use). Residents also identify the short- and long-term “pros and cons” of NOT engaging in the same behavior. The CBA is processed thoroughly with a skilled member of the Clinical Team. Many residents report having increased motivation for recovery after utilizing this SMART Recovery® tool. The CBA can be used for other important decisions, such as making discharge plans, accepting anti-craving medication recommendations and others.
DISARM (Destructive Images and Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method) is a technique that focuses on refuting urges to use substances. It can be utilized and practiced in therapy to tackle the negative self-talk that threatens a resident’s resolve to stay sober. The first step in DISARM is identifying the thoughts, urges and impulses that undermine one’s long term goal of sobriety. Once the client has identified the negative self, they will begin to assess and understand how these adverse beliefs foster the urge to abuse substances.
Once the thoughts and beliefs have been identified the clinician and resident aggressively attack them via role play in individual and group sessions. The clinician fortifies the client with coping mechanisms and self-affirmative statements that allow the resident to realize their long-term objective of attaining sobriety and wellness.
Values and Goals Clarification is an important tool utilized at AToN Center as well. Its purpose is to assist our residents in maintaining motivation for recovery. Residents identify their values with the clinicians and plan appropriate short- and long-term goals that uphold their identified values.
These are only a few of the powerful non-12 Step tools which AToN utilizes in conjunction with other therapies to help our residents along the path to recovery.