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SMART Recovery(R) support groups are popping up all over Connecticut! SMART Recovery has been around for more than 25 years, but it’s pretty new to CT. Thanks to state funding, there are now free SMART Recovery support groups for teens, young adults, and Family & Friends throughout CT.
We are big fans of this support group model. Our young adult staff here at TurningPointCT got trained to be facilitators. As part of the training, we had to try the skills out on ourselves–and the skills worked! Check out “What We Like About SMART Recovery” on TurningPointCT.org/smart.
“SMART” stands for Self Management And Recovery Training. SMART Recovery is a peer support group run by trained facilitators. It helps you cope with any struggle: substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bullying, fighting, etc. But it’s more than your average support group! It also helps you develop coping skills like analyzing your behaviors, triggers, and reactions. If you’ve attended 12-step meetings, this is different. There’s no language about a higher power, and there is cross-talk allowed. You get to take control of your issues and figure out ways to make positive changes.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends groups provide mutual support for people who are affected by a loved one who is dealing with some kind of addictive or negative behavior. It could be anything: substance abuse, gambling, hoarding, self-harm, an eating disorder, mental illness. If your friend, roommate, or family member is struggling and you don’t know what to do, this group can help you. You’ll get support from people who are dealing with similar struggles. You’ll also learn skills to handle their behaviors better and help get them into treatment. (SMART Family & Friends is based on the CRAFT model.)
For more information on in-person SMART Recovery groups that meet right here in Connecticut, click here. Please note that most groups in CT are for teens (up to age 18), young adults (18-25), or Family & Friends. If you’re looking for a group for you as an adult, you may want to try an online meeting at www.smartrecovery.org
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