Addiction Recovery Help in Uintah County

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SMART is an acronym that stands for “Self Management and Recovery Training”. They are a nonprofit organization that strives to offer free support groups for those who are trying to abstain from a behavior or substance addiction. The program is a kind of alternative to Alcohol Anonymous-type groups or other twelve step support groups, but can be a valuable tool in addition to twelve step groups as well.

SMART uses science-based information to help people address behavioral problems and make changes in their thinking that can feed addiction. This science-based approach is helpful because some people who struggle with addiction do not like twelve step type support groups. There are usually two reasons for this: One reason is the “higher power” or spirituality issue. Some people really struggle with this approach because they may be atheistic, or just more science-minded. Others that feel this way grew up in an environment where religion was based on shame and punishment—it may not be the particular relcompany many of these meetings. Some prefer not to label themselves, out loud at every meeting, as an “addict”. Others are negatively affected by the way they keep track of sobriety, to the day, and end up experiencing significant shame if they relapse and have to go back to “day one”. Whatever the reason, these individuals still greatly need a network of support, and effective tools, to aid them in their sobriety. SMART Recovery is an amazing way to do that.

Having said all of the above about how some people feel about twelve-step groups, I have to be sure I am not misrepresenting my view and my professional opinion about twelve-step in general. There are millions of people that use twelve-step meetings, love them, and transform their life through a twelve-step program. In my experience the majority of people wanting to become sober are willing to embrace the twelve-step approach to some degree or another.

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Choice Recovery is an Intensive Outpatient Program located in Orem Utah. We work with adults who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in the community. We do this by utilizing both traditional and nontraditional approaches to create a whole-self, collaborative, research based program to empower each client to heal and move forward in life.