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Quite simply SMART saved my life and marriage. For the last 10 months I have been abstinent passed my level 1,and 2, and starting level 3 counseling course. I have passed my Smart facilitation exam and now facilitate at the Hub in Preston. I attend face to face meetings and co-facilitate on line meetings. I love putting back into Smart what they put in to me. It is not an easy voyage of discovery to make but you must do it for yourself and by using Smarts 4 core principles and self motivation, will power and self honesty abstinence can be achieved. I am living!!! proof of this Thank you all who are involved with this magnificent service. Graham r a drinker of 43 years
I have been attending SMART for almost one year now + it continues to be a keystone in my recovery journey. I love the fact that it emphasises empowerment over powerlessness; refuses to promote the discredited disease model of addiction + acknowledges that recovery is not only possible but in fact probable; does not tell you how many steps there will be on your recovery journey; and is neither directive nor prescriptive. SMART doesn't demonize substances, doesn't label you as an alcoholic or addict + is positive, affirmative + solution focused. I am passionate about self-management, self-empowerment + self-control in abstaining from problematic, harmful + self-destructive behavior. SMART gave me the strength, the power + the solutions to change my life. Embrace SMART: enjoy life.
i have attended a smart recovery meeting in sunderland for 4b months now and can honestly say even though there only small about 6 particepants i have came away with something everytime and like it when were useing copeing with urges and irrational beleifs i find this very helpfull
SMART Recovery gives ME back control of my life. I've learned there's only one thing that makes me use, and that’s my perception of the world. I now help other people learn how to take control back of their lives - maybe one of those will help another group of people, and through that we can start to change people's attitudes to recovery.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that SMART Recovery has saved my marriage, my liberty, and probably my life.
I will be 5 years sober 31st October 2012,I am not going to say the 5 years have been easy cause it aint........I have had great times, I have had sad times ,I have had times that have been just OK.
Main thing is I have always fell back on what I learned in my early days at SMART and my life has changed so much in the last 5 years...I have became a husband,I have learned to play the bagpipes (still improving), I have volunteered at SMART both in the UK and the USA, I have passed the SMART training and became a certificated (LOL) facilitator.
I have gone from alcohol ruling my life to alcohol not being a problem in my life, I have gone from being suicidal to being happy in my life. Its not always been so clean cut..... people say recovery is a roller coaster ..it is .......you get the build up to the high then the drop to the bottom ....in time you don't have to travel as far to get the high and the drop doesn't go all the way to the bottom you also get more highs than lows.
SMART recovery has learned me that I control my life ...I make the choices in my life.........some things I cant control but how I feel and think about these things I can control.
I'll keep it brief. Smart Recovery quite simply saved my life. No if's or buts here guys. Without the things Smart taught me, i wouldnt have been able to pursue the things in life that i have. Trust me, its scientific based but it just kinda works. No sponsor, no buddy, no labels, every kind of addiction or negative behaviour is welcomed, just simple tools and techniques to use in our daily lives. We all do em anyway, Smart fine tunes our brains to be more alert to them. It puts the power back into our lives. We make choices, decisions and we are empowered to believe in them. If you dont believe me, then get yourself to a meeting. Stick at it until you feel yourself thinking 'smart'.
Smart Recovery is as addictive as our Drugs of Choice were - the difference is that i dont want to stop using Smart.
I have been a longtime participant of SMART Recovery, both online and in face to face meetings and I'd like to say that I'm very happy to now see the UK take the reins of it's own site. And what a pleasant, modern and easy-to-use site it is, too!
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