SMART Recovery® is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based, mutual-help support groups.

SMART Recovery® 4-Point ProgramSM

SMART Recovery® helps individuals gain independence from addiction. Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as evidence-based practices of addiction recovery evolve.

The program offers tools and techniques for each program point:

  • Point 1: Enhancing and Maintaining Motivation
  • Point 2: Coping with Urges
  • Point 3: Problem Solving
  • Point 4: Lifestyle Balance

SMART Recovery® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.

SMART Lakewood

This site has been developed to support the needs of the face-to-face meetings in Lakewood, NJ. The information here is intended to guide you to resources related to SMART Recovery® with the hopes that you can make an informed decision about the SMART Recovery® program and our meetings Lakewood.


SMART Recovery’s principals and practices are based on research and clinical experience. Our approach evolves as the science of recovery evolves. SMART Recovery techniques revolve around how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions and to work towards long-term goals and improve one’s quality of life without relying on addictive behaviors. We do this through a combination of evidence-based techniques from a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and other areas.

Our focus is on self-empowerment and self-reliance. We encourage individuals to recover and live satisfying lives based on their own values and for their own reasons.

At most SMART meetings, a tool or technique will be discussed and participants are encouraged to practice or act on them after the meeting. Worksheets for many of these tools and techniques can be found on the national SMART website.

For more information about SMART Recovery’s approach and tools, you may wish to read some articles and essays provided on SMART’s national website.

SMART Recovery may use some terminology and acronyms that can be unfamiliar at first. To learn more about these terms, please visit the SMART Recovery Dictionary.

Note: A SMART Recovery meeting is not a therapy group; rather, it is an educational (concepts, tools, experiences, etc.), self-help support group.