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SMART Recovery program to debut Feb. 4 on Athens Campus

Weekly support meetings open to OHIO, Athens communities

A new recovery program for addiction is being sponsored by Health Promotion through Ohio University’s Campus Involvement Center.

SMART Recovery® is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support program in the United States. It is founded on a four-point system that offers tools and techniques for building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

The program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction and other problem addictions to other substances and activities.

SMART Recovery has a scientific foundation, not a spiritual one. It teaches increasing self-reliance, rather than powerlessness. The program also discourages the use of labels such as “alcoholic” or “addict.”

According to Ann Addington, assistant director for Health Promotion at OHIO, the SMART Recovery program is an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. SMART Recovery supports choice in recovery and recognizes that there are many approaches to recovery.

“There are discernible differences between SMART Recovery and 12-step programs, but by its very existence, SMART Recovery supports choice in recovery. Whether a person chooses a 12-step program, SMART Recovery or both, the choice is always up to the individual,” said Addington.
Starting Feb. 4, free weekly support meetings of SMART Recovery® will be held every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center, room 321. The meetings are open to Ohio University students, faculty and staff and to members of the Athens community. For more information, contact Addington at addingto@ohio.edu or call 740-593-4749.

This article was provided by Health Promotion, part of Ohio University’s Campus Involvement Center.