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Welcome to
SMART Recovery
Southport UK

"Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending."

SMART Recovery Southport UK

“It is said an Eastern Monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away.” ~Abraham Lincoln~

Smart Southport is a voluntary free service run by people who have been in recovery from an addiction for 3 years or more, to provide ongoing confidential support to anybody wanting a recovery journey.

We will support people who struggle with an addiction and then support you during difficult times... You are free to come to a SMART Recovery Southport group meeting as and when you want too.

During a SMART Recovery Southport group meeting we focus on reducing our harmful addictions or activities by retraining our thinking and remembering that we do have 'The Power of Choice' .

We Recommend and Actively Promote all parts of the SMART Recovery 4-Point Programme however; we are not part of UK SMART Recovery or the SMART Recovery Organisation and have no business connection with either entity. You can learn about SMART Recovery on our site or visit UK SMART Recovery.  

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We use SMART RECOVERY as a source of support because, if it wasn’t for UK SMART RECOVERY, there would be no Smart Southport and you would not be looking at this site for support, or any other reason as it wouldn’t be here! 
We also produce our own stuff and are lucky to have access to some of the best Self-Empowerment Bloggers on the internet.
By using the SMART Recovery Programme which is secular, and science based; using Motivational, Behavioural and Cognitive Methods we will help you, support you and send you on a Recovery Journey.

Put simply recovery is about having and building a meaningful, satisfying and contributing life and using your strengths to become all you want to be!
A person’s journey of recovery is a personal process. It is about developing a meaningful and satisfying life regardless of a condition or diagnosis. Recovery-identifying, using and developing your skills and talents to become all you want to be and do all you want to do!
Specialist treatment like therapy and medication may be important but it is only a small part of the story. Everyone's journey of recovery is individual and uniquely personal – there is no formula, but there does appear to be three things that are critical:

HOPE - Recovery Is Impossible Without Hope. Relationships are key in supporting and fostering hope. It is difficult to believe in yourself if everyone around you thinks you will never amount to very much. When you find it hard to believe in yourself and your possibilities you need others to believe in you and hold on to hope for you.

CONTROL - Recovery Involves Taking Back Control. This may involve taking control of your life and destiny and finding purpose, meaning and direction in life, deciding what is important to you and finding new dreams and ambitions. It may also include taking control of your own recovery and self-care and working out ways of managing problems so they don’t get in the way of you pursuing your goals and deciding what help and support you need to pursue your ambitions.

OPPORTUNITY - Recovery is impossible without opening-up opportunity for A Life Beyond Illness. Doing the things that give your life value such as meaningful occupation, work, and participation in community life and leisure activities.

* Living Hopefully.
* Taking Control Over Your Problems and Your Life.
* Pursuing Your Dreams and Ambitions.

* Building A New Sense of Self, Meaning and Purpose.
* Growing Within and Beyond What Has Happened to You.
* It Is a Journey of Discovery…
* You Are the Expert.
* You Don’t Need to Rely on Services and Professionals.
* Your Journey Continues After Services.
* Your Experiences Are Not Negative.

It will be challenging. It will also be worth it. You will relapse, and that’s OK, As long as you keep fighting.
Good Luck with Your Journey
Lesley Rimmer
(UK SMART Facilitator Southport)

The Journey To Recovery

Like any long journey, recovery starts with one step.
Changing behaviour patterns takes time and effort, trial and error.

If you have ever thought, "I'm a hopeless addict with a disease that I will never beat” “I have no choice but to fight this forever"; or "l have no choice but to keep using"; try changing your thoughts to, "l used to have an addictive behaviour but I choose not to act that way anymore.'

Those words may help you feel more confident, especially in the beginning of your recovery.
If you can feel that you will triumph over your unwanted behaviour, then it's likely you will. If one of SMART's tools, strategies, or exercises doesn't work for you, try a different one until you find what makes you successful. Recovery is possible. Urges fade away. Abstinence gets easier. Your addictive behaviour becomes a thing of your past. You find meaning and enjoyment in your new life.

Abstinence vs. Moderation
SMART is an abstinence-based programme. The idea of abstinence may be intimidating to you - as you begin your recovery. Even if you're unsure about abstinence, you're still welcome at our meetings.

For alcohol and drug use, the meaning of abstinence is usually obvious: stop drinking or using. It is however important to realise that the goal of abstinence can mean different things to different people. For example, some people are on opiate substitution therapy (such as methadone) and they might use SMART Recovery to stick to their medication and not use on top. For others, SMART Recovery might help them reduce and stop their medication. In either case, these goals are welcome at SMART meetings because both are about abstaining from addictive behaviour.

But what about other activities such as eating, shopping, and sex? People with eating disorders still need to eat. Compulsive shoppers still need to buy things. For these, we can define abstinence as stopping the compulsive or self-destructive aspects of the behaviour: Buying one watch instead of five, eating a cup of yogurt instead of a gallon of ice cream, being intimate with your partner instead of engaging in anonymous sex with others.

If your Addictive Behaviour is of this type, you may need professional help setting boundaries, defining abstinence, and developing skills to moderate your behaviour to keep it from becoming compulsive.
If you're considering the benefits of abstinence, think about this: The more years you engaged in addictive behaviour and the more serious the compulsion, the more likely abstinence - rather than moderation - will help you reach your goals.

If you're thinking about moderation, here are some points to ponder:
• Programmes aimed at controlled use or moderation usually recommend an extended period of initial abstinence. Stopping completely for a period can be a healthy choice, even if moderation is your long-term goal.
• Most people find it is easier to abstain rather than control or moderate their addictive behaviour because it's difficult to know where to set the limit and then stick to it. Even people with the most committed intentions often find their behaviour inches back to the point where it causes problems again.
• Instead of applying your efforts to control and moderate the addictive behaviour, you can focus that energy on dealing with other aspects of your recovery.

Why you might prefer abstinence as a goal:
• It's a safe choice.
• It's simple - no counting, no precise decisions, and it's good for all situations.
• Any level of using may aggravate existing medical conditions.
• Even moderated use of a substance may worsen psychological or psychiatric problems.
• Some medications become hazardous or are rendered ineffective when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
• There may be strong social (family, friends, employer) and legal (courts) demands to abstain.
• You believe it will be easier to abstain because of your long or severe history of use, or because of background risk factors (family history, seriousness of related problems such as depression, violence, etc.).

A significant period of abstinence will help you feel better and may:
• Enable you to find out what abstaining is like and how you feel without mood-altering substances or behaviours.
• Help you understand how you became dependent on substances or behaviours.
• Help you break other old habits.
• Allow you to experience significant life changes and build confidence.
• Please others such as your spouse, partner, children, employer, parents, and friends.

If you're considering moderation because you've tried to abstain but it didn't work, it doesn't mean you won't maintain your abstinence now. Previous attempts and lapses or relapses aren't failures. You can learn from them and they will provide you with valuable insight to help you in future attempts.

You might be ready to abstain right now, or you may want more time to decide. Don't make that decision until you're ready. Abstinence is not a commitment to be perfect. Many people do lapse or relapse in their efforts to abstain; however, some people never do - and that maybe you. Committing to abstinence means that you are committing to change. It requires patience, persistence, and practice. Breaking a commitment to abstinence is not the same as giving up on it. You may find abstinence easy. If you have reached a point in your life in which you have had enough of the problems and disappointments from your Addictive Behaviour, abstinence may be easier than you think. For most, however, it's more difficult than that.

Please note: If you have been drinking or abusing drugs heavily for some time and are planning to stop, consult your doctor first. It may be dangerous, even life threatening to stop 'cold turkey" after a long period of continual heavy use.
You may want to do an assessment of your alcohol use. The Down Your Drink - website offers a free, confidential, professionally developed and tested self-assessment. It considers many risk factors and provides measures of risk, tolerance, dependence, and consequences on several scales. It then offers some self-help tools that are consistent with SMART Recovery.

Wherever you are on this decision, you're always welcome at SMART meetings and on SMART Recovery Online.
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