SMART Recovery in New Haven

January 2nd, 2015 by Miles Leave a reply »
It’s that time of year that many people are thinking about making changes and improvements in their lives.  And for too many of us, learning to overcome addictive behaviors are one of the most important improvements we wish we could make.

I know many people who have benefited from the 12-step programs.  If something works to help you change your life in such a profound way, that should be respected.

That said, some scientific research has called into question the population-level effectiveness of 12-step systems.  But in too many places there was not a secular alternative available. If you’re ready to make a change in your addictive behavior but not interested in connecting with or accepting a “higher power”, then SMART Recovery may be right for you.

The SMART Recovery program is a proven system designed with scientific principles that has been used by 1000s of people for decades.  A trained facilitator leads groups through their own recovery process to identify and change the negative habits being addressed. While alcohol addiction is one of the most common behaviors addressed, the program works for other drugs or things like overeating.

I am proud that Yale Humanist Community has been hosting (one of?) Connecticut’s first SMART Recovery chapters.  If you’re interested in seeing that it is like in action, you can join every Monday at 6:30pm.  More information on the YHC website.