How Setting Goals Helps Break the Cycle of Addiction
Goal setting can help individuals be more focused on their recovery, and find greater success. So says BBC Counselor Allison MacDonald who specializes in helping her clients set goals and timelines for their sobriety and their life, “a specific goal can increase your chances of success because it makes it clear in your mind.” There are a plethora of ways to focus on goals. One way that MacDonald suggests also has support from BBC programming, the SMART Recovery model.
SMART is an acronym that stands for:
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time Sensitive
The SMART Recovery program (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a four point self-help program to help those struggling with substance use disorder. It has become the most popular alternative to 12-step programs because it aims to teach practical skills for life in general, which also support living a life free of substances. Many SMART Recovery participants say that they also notice themselves making choices to live healthier and more balanced lifestyles.
“When a client talks to me about what triggers them to use, often times it has to do with the stress of every day life,” she says. “We all experience these stresses, but sometimes we need help to process that stress. That’s where counseling helps, and support communities like SMART Recovery can come in handy.”
SMART is a self-empowering program that helps people manage their cravings and urges by focusing on underlying thoughts and feelings. The program consists of four points that can be worked in an order that is most appropriate for the individual. The four points include:
- Point 1 – Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Point 2 – Coping with Urges
- Point 3 – Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
- Point 4 – Living a Balanced Life
Building Blocks Counseling offers SMART Recovery meeting space every Wednesday at 1pm at their facility near 43rd and Glendale Avenues.