I just went through a 7 day detox program and Smart Recovery was one of the groups mentioned as an alternative to NA. I'm not big on "higher powers" either. Haven't contacted them. That's all I know about them.
Just wondering.....what is it that your looking to get from recovery?
I know a lot of people really do not care for Subutex or Suboxone. I'm taking Subutex right now to get off opiates. I feel great, life is good. Hopefully will be giving Subutex up in the next 6 months.
Have a good day.
Sounds like a GREAT program ; i used NA CA AA in the early years, not something i was interested in pursing long term - but i'm interested in finding out more about the SMART program - thanks for bringing it up - the tools sound like something that everyone would benefit from (yourself, and your friends and loved ones through your example). All the best to you. It costs hard earned cash for us in Ontario to be able to talk to any mental health adviser so this is a no brainer - who couldn't use these tools? Power to you. Make it work for yourself.
"SMART is a free self-help program for recovery from addictive behavior. Groups are led by a lay-coordinator. Most groups also have a volunteer advisor who is a mental health professional. Our purpose is to support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior, (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life."
I have read all the responses and will say this....I hope you find a program that works for you. What works for one person may not work for someone else, program wise, but we should be respectful of other peoples recovery programs whether we like it or not
Checkout Dr. Kevin McCauley's May 8, 2018 "The Brain and Recovery: An Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction". This guy is pretty cool and has made his own recovery a journey of understanding addiction. Specifically, he talks about the 'addiction cascade' and the role each part of the brain plays in this. The Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) is a part of the brain that fails, according to Dr. McCauley, that manages self-image or how we perceive how others see us. I know, kinda complicated but checkout his presentation. Very informative about addiction and recovery.