On Tuesday 6th December we successfully launched our very first SMART Recovery Training session here at the Foundation.
SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a programme that provides training and tools for people who want to change their problematic behaviour, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, internet and others.
Guided by our team of SMART Facilitators , participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of CBT therapy and motivational tools and techniques.
The 4-Point Programme is the foundation and building blocks of SMART. Many of the tools and techniques can be used not only for your recovery journey, but to help you deal with future problems and achieve more satisfaction and balance in your life.
The four points are: –
– Building and Maintaining Motivation
– Coping with urges
– Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
– Living a Balanced Life
What makes SMART different?
SMART is secular and advocates personal choice. People make a choice to engage in problematic and addictive behaviours. They can also make a choice to stop. Everyone has the power of choice and can choose to change unhelpful or harmful behaviours.
People are not their behaviours so language like ‘addict’ and ‘alcoholic’ is not used. People seeking recovery are empowered to choose what works best for them, from a ‘tool box’ of methods demonstrated in meetings and training materials.
Participants are free to engage with other services or mutual-aid groups which they find helpful; there is no single pathway to recovery. Once a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle is achieved, participants are free to move on and pursue other goals in their life.
If you are interested, or know someone that needs help with their addiction or addictive behaviours – then please do come along!
Every Tuesday from 12pm-1.30pm at the STF Hub.