SMART Recovery Rehab

What is SMART Recovery ?

Recovering from addiction is a true test of hard work, but it isn’t impossible, and the recovery process can be made easier by connecting Destinations Wellness patients with support groups who offer safe, inclusive programs, like SMART Recovery Rehab.

SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) is a non-profit organization that offers behavioral science-based mutual support groups for abstaining from any substance or addictive behavior.  Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery that is primarily based on four lasting principles:

  1. Building and Maintaining Motivation 
  2. Coping with Urges 
  3. Manage Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors 
  4. Living a Balanced Life 

SMART Recovery Rehab is a Non 12 Step program that offers support to individuals who desire freedom from any type of addictive behavior. Participants in SMART learn the tools for addiction recovery that are based mainly on scientific research.

The techniques taught in SMART show people how to change themselves from within and encourages them to be proactive which leads to self-empowerment. This overall concept stands in contrast to the more traditional 12 step approach in which there needs to be understanding that one is powerless in the face of addiction and the acceptance of that fact. 

SMART is abstinence based, but supports whatever works for the individual. One size does NOT fit all. We think that each individual will benefit from implementing a program of recovery based on what works best for them. SMART Recovery offers an extensive tool kit that people can draw from to help stay focused on their recovery in different situations. The methods taught in SMART recovery evolve as scientific knowledge regarding addiction recovery changes. 


Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery Is an evidence based self-help program unlike any other.  Based on the work of Albert Ellis, SMART Recovery helps people to stay clean and sober through proven therapeutic methods that have been modified to be specific to addiction recovery. 

Albert Ellis is considered the father of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) through his theory called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). REBT states that feelings are a direct consequence of our thoughts.  And that our behavior comes from our feelings and thoughts together.  Thus, if we think irrationally or negatively about something in our lives, then we feel negatively, and then respond with a negative behavior.  Ellis’ techniques- and in turn, SMART Recovery- is designed to specifically target a person’s thought processes.  By doing so, a person is able to evaluate the thoughts and begin to determine what changes can be made. 

One of the greatest facets of SMART Recovery is that it is based on a therapy technique that has been researched and has been supported through all of that research to be effective.  Effective in treating addictions, dual diagnosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.  Which means the skills learned in SMART recovery can be used to span across a person’s entire life.  

SMART Recovery supports face-to-face meetings around the world every day, but also has daily online meetings.  There is also an online message board and 24/7 chat room which are great forums to learn more about SMART Recovery and to gain on-the-spot recovery support.

Destinations Wellness Approach

What makes our clinical team and staff one of the best is our true holistic interactive, solution-focused mental health/addiction therapy program. Our therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. We integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Our ultimate goal is to help every individual build their strengths and attain their own personal growth that they committed to accomplishing.