Orange County Drug & Alcohol Rehab

What is SMART Recovery?

The SMART of SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an alternative to 12-Step groups. The international self-empowering program features a supportive face-to-face meetings, daily online meetings, an online message board and all day, every day chat room. The organization’s goal: to help people change self-defeating thinking, emotion and actions so they can rid their lives of addictive behaviors. Those abusing substances, like alcohol, drugs, nicotine or caffeine, or overindulging in activities, like gambling, sex, spending or exercising, can recover using the organization’s tools and techniques to self-reliance.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program features:

  • Building and maintaining motivation
  • Coping with Urges
  • Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
  • Living a Balanced Life


Individuals who have made the decision to gain independence from their vice know what to do; SMART Recovery shows them a way to do it, with a science-based course of action that may be used alone or in conjunction with another recovery program.

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How Does SMART Recovery Work?

Participants will go through a series of exercises to find their own path. The principles of motivational interviewing found in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and techniques taken from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) are used.

SMART Recovery is recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as two agencies of the National Institute of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Conclusion: Attendance in SMART is encouraged for months to years, but not forever. Visit to learn more about the 501(c)3 non-profit that was founded in 1994. The operation is operated largely by volunteers, and through charitable donations and monies received from the purchase of published recovery materials.