Smart Recovery Handbook
This is another book that I read ages ago but have only just managed to put on the site. I feel that this is a very important book for people in recovery and is really well written. The Smart Recovery Handbook should help a range of people, with its simple but effective approach. I am glad to see it is now available on Kindle and online from Amazon and I hope that this means it will reach more people who have not been to meetings.
Smart stands for Self Management Addiction recovery program, and will help people with any addiction, which is a really good thing, as most people with substance or other addictions often have multiple addictions or move from one behavioural issue to another.
The Smart Handbook is basically a compilation of tools, exercises and strategies to help people beat addiction. It covers the Smart four point program and teaches self empowerment and self-reliance. The program is fairly new compared to something like AA , but continually evolves and makes use of new developments in the addiction field.
Smart 4 point Program
1. Building and Maintaining motivation
2. Coping with urges
3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours
4. Living a Balanced Life
Tools and strategies to help your recovery journey.
There are chapters on dealing with cravings, motivation, and addressing unhelpful thinking (REBT/CBT). There are also exercises such as a cost benefit analysis of one’s problematic behaviour, creating a change plan and taking a look at one’s values etc, which help people see the bigger picture of the problems in their life and allow them to find a solution that is in keeping with their beliefs.
There is a good section on irrational beliefs, which is something that can often affect people with addiction problems and the book describes ways of disputing these beliefs. I talks about dealing with urges and then mentions the importance of living a balanced life. Simple things mentioned here such as exercise, sleeping well, eating good food, and connecting with others are all things that I have found helpful, and are suggested here.
The Smart solution is aimed at people in all stages of recovery and the book mentions that people will need different help at later stages to those who are at the beginning. I think the book will help a lot of people, as it is so down to earth, and full of common sense solutions. I like the way that there are many worksheets which encourage people to get involved and really do something about their recovery. It is certainly a good alternative to the 12 steps of AA which are religious in my opinion and make drinking a moral issue. I feel the Smart method will appeal to a different type of person to AA fans, and that is a great thing.
We do things for a reason, even getting involved in an addiction, but the Smart solution laid out in this handbook will give people the methods to get empowered and change their lives for the better. I would really recommend that people read this book!
There are some other posts about Smart recovery on this site which contain some useful links. You can find them under the Smart menu on the category sidebar or here http://www.recoveringfromrecovery.com/category/smart-recovery/
Here is a link to the Smart Revovery suggested reading list which obviously includes this book, but has many others that are related. http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/readlist.htmGoogle+