What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from substance addiction and addictive behaviors. The approach used is secular and scientifically based using non-confrontational motivational, behavioral, and cognitive methods. Meeting participants learn recovery methods derived from evidence-based addiction treatments. SMART Recovery can be used as a stand-alone primary recovery support program for those seeking help recovering from addictions but does not insist on being exclusive. The program does not use the twelve steps which make up the basis of the various “Anonymous” self-help groups (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), etc.) and is generally listed as an “Alternative to AA” or an “Alternative to the Twelve Steps.” SMART Recovery believes that each individual finds his/her own path to recovery. Though listed as an “alternative”, it is also suggested as a possible “supplement” to twelve-step programs in SMART Recovery’s main program publication, The SMART Recovery Handbook.

SMART Recovery® utilizes a four-point program, with tools for each of the four points:

  • building and maintaining motivation
  • coping with urges
  • managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • living a balanced life

Smart Recovery Approach
• Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
• Provides meetings that are educational, supportive, and include open discussions.
• Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
• Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
• Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
• Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction, and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
• Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
• Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs.

Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) is a registered SMART RECOVERY® facility offering the #1 alternative non-12-step addiction recovery program to residents and prospective residents.

FCR’s SMART RECOVERY® meets every Friday from 4 pm to 5 pm (unless previously noted otherwise). For more information contact us:

3451 W. Midway Road.
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 800-851-3291