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SMART Recovery: Don't call us an alternative anymore
The tenor of the conversation at this past weekend's national conference for SMART Recovery suggests that the self-empowering recovery support organization's mission has transitioned from gaining national acceptance to managing explosive growth and new opportunity.
“Our organizational challenges have shifted from trying to be recognized as a legitimate addiction recovery entity—trying to keep our heads above water while bobbing in a sea of 12-Step meetings—to trying to handle the volume and diversity of requests for our services and keeping our facilitators, hosts and employees from burning out,” SMART Recovery president Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, told colleagues in his address to the conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 23.
Gerstein added with emphasis, “We can put to rest this notion that SMART is an 'alternative' to 12-Step programs. SMART is not an alternative! SMART Recovery is SMART Recovery with a clearly defined mission to 'empower people ...