Letter: Non-secular program
To the editor:
I was at the first SMART meeting in Kelowna last January and have attended ever since (SMART is an acronym for Self Management and Recovery Training). SMART teaches that addiction lies within. The connection between our thoughts and feelings, create our behaviours.
The support group is international and has been around since 1994, and now celebrates one year in Kelowna.
SMART meetings are an excellent, anonymous alternative to a higher power, 12-step based recovery approach. The meetings are serious but also fun. It is helpful to discuss our issues with others who understand and can offer feedback.
We learn about SMART tools, and coping skills which encourage lifestyle balance, leading to a healthy, addiction-free life. Based on feedback and participation people are obviously enjoying the meetings. The local facilitator keeps meetings interesting and informative. He was honoured recently by Center For Inquiry as volunteer of the year for his dedication to helping others who struggle with addiction. Congratulations.
I encourage anyone who thinks they may have an addiction, to attend a meeting and check it out. They will find themselves in a friendly and supportive environment, and may even make some friends.
You can learn more at smartrecovery.org.
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