Support Group: Have You Heard Of SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group. The participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. SMART Recovery helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities.

Their 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.

To learn more about the SMART Recovery Program, check out their website at:

I am happy to say that the SMART Recovery Program is now available in the NH Seacoast area on Tuesdays from 5 pm-6 pm at Safe Harbor Recovery Center located at 865 Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH.

Posted by:  Angela Whiting, North Hampton, NH.