SMART is a self-help organization that most closely matches the treatment you would get as a client at CMC. It is an addiction recover support group that addresses all kinds of compulsive behavior problems (substance use, gambling and other behaviors). It teaches tools (based on CBT) that are designed to help you self-direct the change you want in your life and on self-empowerment and self-reliance. It also advocates and supports the use of medications and other supportive psychological treatments. It is divided up into modules that will help you understand and maintain motivation, cope with cravings and urges, manage thoughts/feelings/behaviors and most importantly focuses on the development of a healthy, balanced life.
The website helps you get access to face-to-face mtgs in your area. The best thing?!! It offers daily online meetings if there are no meetings in your vicinity. There are also helpful chat rooms where you can ask questions and get advice on specific issues.
There are good meetings in the NYC area (Albert Ellis Institute) and we wish there were more across the country. We hope that more people find the support of SMART meetings as they are smart (no pun intended), progressive and based on current evidence about what works when making behavioral change.