May 26, 2016

SMART Recovery – An AA Alternative

An AA alternative that is growing in popularity is SMART Recovery. SMART takes a different approach to addiction and doesn’t follow the 12-step program. It’s a self-empowerment kind of support group with hundreds of meetings globally that takes a different approach. The program doesn’t include chemical abstinence or the 12-Step program’s powerlessness concept. Differs in Approach The AA program follows an acceptance, powerlessness and serenity framework while SMART recovery takes the self-empowering approach working towards empowerment, activity and courage. It means that when cravings strike – rather than leave for meetings – you simply take the initiative to deal with the rising urge. If problems arise you simply make the […]
April 12, 2016
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Codependency: Creating Caring Boundaries

Codependency is very common in people who are suffering with drug or alcohol abuse. When someone we love struggles with addiction, it is difficult to have the wisdom to know when and how to step in and help. We may wonder when is the right time to let go and when the most effective thing to do is to not be involved.  Please look at the following questions and answer them honestly, becoming more aware of personal experiences you’ve had regarding the following points: Have you ever had this dilemma before, or has your family had this dilemma with you, whether the loving thing is to get involved or to […]
February 24, 2016
SMART Recovery used as an alternative to AA

Differences between SMART Recovery and AA

This post was written by Tanji Wolfert, Chateau Recovery’s Substance Use Disorder Counselor and our most recent SMART Recovery facilitator. She discusses the difference between SMART Recovery and AA. SMART is an acronym that stands for “Self Management and Recovery Training”. They are a nonprofit organization that strives to offer free support groups for those who are trying to abstain from a behavior or substance addiction. The program is a kind of alternative to Alcohol Anonymous-type groups or other twelve step support groups, but can be a valuable tool in addition to twelve step groups as well. SMART uses science-based information to help people address behavioral problems and make changes […]
February 19, 2016

Group Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Finding Strength with Group Therapy Group therapy is a valuable tool in the road to recovery over drug and alcohol addiction. Participating in group therapy during your recovery may seem daunting or intimidating at first, but you are not alone and this effective form of therapy can help you progress. Seeking help and opening up to a loved one or even a counselor or therapist might be intimidating, let alone baring your addictions to a small group of people. The fact of the matter is that group therapy can help create an environment of friendship, feelings and trust between those involved. We are social creatures, and finding strength in a […]
December 1, 2015
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How to Make Group Therapy More Meaningful

As one of the premier rehab centers in Utah, we strive to educate those around us on how to make the most out of their treatment. With the help of one of our seasoned group therapists, we have compiled a list of what one should and shouldn’t consider when participating in group therapy. What to do:  Start the group process. Set an agenda of what you would like to work on in group by defining your concern(s) in here and now terms. Encourage group focus.  Be aware of how your issues are presented in the context of the group relationship. Be more trusting and trustworthy. You are trusting when you […]
November 6, 2015

Struggling with Addiction and Loneliness

What roles do isolation and loneliness play in your addiction? Individuals who struggle with addiction often find that they feel disconnected from others, either because they have pushed others away or because others feel the need to separate themselves from you during your active addiction.   Isolation is the experience of being separated from others. This can be reality or one’s perception of reality. As human beings, we are created for connection. Feelings of isolation go against our need for human connection and can therefore contribute to addictive patterns of behavior. We have an innate need to bond with someone or something. In addiction, that something becomes the drug.   […]
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