The Behavioral Health division of Association House is adding the SMART Recovery Distance Training Program to continue to aid participants who graduate from the Visions program.

Visions is a program designed to assist participants in their recovery from substance use. In the program, counseling, evaluation, and more services are administrated for the treatment and prevention of further substance use.

The purpose of the SMART Recovery Distance Training program is to assist individuals to gain independence from addictive behavior and lead to meaningful and satisfying lives. The program is designed to support the availability of choices to recover. Through the program, Visions participants are offered no-fee, self-empowering, science-based, face-to-face and online support for abstaining from substances and activity addition.

“Two years ago Visions saw that finding a recovery support group outside the agency at times was hard for participants,” said Kristy Kolzow, Association House Substance Use Program Supervisor. “We started weekly AA meetings that were open to not only just our participants but also to the community. AA meetings are structured around a higher power and spirituality to an individual. 3 months ago we realized we wanted to continue providing additional recovery support and a previous Visions intern came up with the idea of starting SMART Recovery meetings. These meetings were a way for participants who are not spiritual or religious to still focus on their recovery in a self-empowering, evidence-based meeting.”

SMART Recovery tools are aimed to assist regardless of a participant believes that addiction is a disease. The principles of the program push the power to change addictive behaviors within each individual and are not dependent on spiritual or religious beliefs. The program also supports scientifically informed use of psychological treatment and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.

SMART aims to differentiate itself from 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but does not exclude them. SMART believes each individual can find their own path to recovery but will defer to AA or NA meetings if they are more fitting to a participant and can help toward a path of permanent recovery.

Most importantly, SMART meetings and online services are free of charge. You can learn more about the work of the SMART Recovery Distance Training program here.

AA, NA, and SMART Recovery resources for online and phone to help during COVID-19:

Self-Help Addiction Recovery | SMART Recovery 4-Point Program | Alternative to AA

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