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Twelve-step programs are valuable, but other approaches like SMART Recovery offer another empowering path to sobriety.
SMART recovery

What Is SMART Recovery?

“SMART” stands for (Self Management And Recovery Training). This approach offers an alternative to 12-step programs, and helps people recover from a wide variety of addictive behaviors — including substance abuse. Meetings are available online and face-to-face, and there is an active online community of SMART Recovery participants. Based on rational emotional behavioral therapy, the SMART Recovery approach teaches you ways of changing your thinking, feelings and actions — so you can work toward a better quality of life. 

We’ve Helped Thousands of Individuals Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome drug or alcohol abuse, our addiction specialists are here to guide you through every step. Many of our dedicated staff members are in long-term recovery themselves and understand firsthand the challenges of the recovery journey. This personal experience, combined with our professional expertise, allows us to offer compassionate, effective support tailored to your unique needs.

How SMART Recovery Works

This approach teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance when it comes to substance abuse and other behavior, so you can live a satisfying life in recovery. Rather than focusing on a higher power (as in the case of 12-step approaches), SMART Recovery relies on a set of tools and techniques for self-directed change. It also embraces the evolution of psychological treatment, medication management and addiction medicine.

Through rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), SMART Recovery is constructed around a four-point program to help you gain independence from addiction (substances or activities). The four-point program includes:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life

How You Can Use SMART Recovery At Right Path Rehab — And Beyond

Because SMART Recovery works well with a variety of addiction treatment approaches, you can use it in tandem with dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, wellness and other approaches we provide at Right Path Rehab. Plus, you can continue with SMART Recovery meetings after you’ve completed treatment. Many people find the approach useful for handling many of life’s challenges beyond substance abuse. If you’d like to find out more about SMART Recovery, give us a call. We’re happy to tell you about the ways this scientific approach has worked for our clients.

Recovery Starts at Our Drug and Alcohol Rehab by Requesting a Call

Our drug addiction and mental health treatment center proudly offers only the highest standard of care in addiction medicine and behavioral health, underpinned by our state-of-the-art facilities and a team of esteemed alcohol and drug treatment professionals. To get started, give us a call or request a call from an addiction specialist who can offer support and guidance for you or a loved one.

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Insurance Can Cover up to 100% of The Costs of Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Care

Did you know that insurance can cover up to 100% of the costs of addiction treatment and mental health care? Our addiction treatment center accepts most insurance plans. For a free insurance benefits check complete our confidential insurance verification form by clicking the link below.


Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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