Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dr. Gary Zomalt provides alternative recovery programs for addictive behaviors

The familiar 12-step program used by organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous works better for some people but not for others. Dr. Gary Zomalt applies a different program altogether to aid with addictive behaviors like substance abuse. His company, 3R Counseling and Consulting, employs the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) program for addictive behaviors, which uses a different approach from the traditional 12-steps method.

From SMART Recovery

The SMART method aims for self-reliance and self-empowerment and encourages individuals to recover and live fulfilling lives. The program follows four main steps: enhancing and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and living a balanced life. To aid in addiction recovery, the SMART program incorporates not only the tools and appropriate use of prescribed medications (if any) but also meetings and open discussions.

From Gary Zomalt

SMART can apply for many different addictive behaviors, including substance abuse and gambling addictions. Dr. Gary Zomalt has seized the opportunity to adopt this program in his company; LCSW interns were trained for the SMART program to cope with increasing demand. A superior recovery rate was the result.

From Gary Zomalt

Adopting best practice is one way through which Dr. Zomalt aims to reach his goal of becoming both a leader and an active participant in changing the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

More information on Dr. Zomalt is available on his Facebook page.

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