2018-07-12 / Front Page

SMART Recovery Offers Help For Addiction

Meetings held every Thursday evening at library
By Cassidy Pittman

Ali Washabaugh Ali Washabaugh SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a new program now available in Fulton County that is designed to help individuals recover from a variety of addictive behaviors. It is a science-based program offering online and face-to-face meetings for individuals working through recovery from addictive behaviors such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, or behaviors such as gambling, sex, eating and self-harm.

SMART Recovery is based on a four-point program: building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors; living a balanced life.

Fulton County’s certified SMART Recovery facilitator Ali Washabaugh describes the program as a ‘toolbox’ of methods and approaches that allows individuals to use the path to recovery best suited for them.

“Just like every human is different so is their path to recovery,” she explained. “We encourage people to find their path, and do so while avoiding labels like addict, alcoholic, user so people understand they are more than those words.”

SMART encourages individuals to determine a recovery path that is right for their needs and beliefs. Some may choose to work the program along with other support groups or in concurrence with professional treatment.

“Everyone deals with addiction their own way,” Washabaugh said. “What works for one does not always work for all, and I think it’s great this program acknowledges that.”

Washabaugh is a trained certified recovery specialist through the Pennsylvania Recovery

Organization Alliance and also works with the Franklin Together Coalition, which develops strong collaborative community and professional partnerships that are meant to empower and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to reduce recidivism and encourage them to become contributing members of the community, according to franklintogether.org.

SMART Recovery meetings will be held every Thursday at the Fulton County Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Washabaugh hopes to find more facilitators in the area to help promote the program and encourage community inclusiveness.

For more information on SMART Recovery, go to www.smartrecovery.org or e-mail alijunewashabaugh@gmail.com. Information can also be obtained by calling 717-446-9359. The Web site has information on meetings, training, online community forums, and a bookstore that offers the SMART Recovery Participants Handbook, which Washabaugh recommends to those wanting to participate in meetings.

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