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SMART Recovery and 12-Step Meetings in Oklahoma City

Recovery Support Group Meetings in Oklahoma City

You’ll find a wide variety of support group meetings in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas for anyone who has been impacted by the devastating effects of drug or alcohol addiction. But how do you choose the right support group for you?  Options range from SMART Recovery to 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and each one deals with recovery a little differently.

In general, for anyone who has started down the road recovery the thought of attending a support group and airing out your dirty laundry can be intimidating! With an understanding of each group’s philosophy and their approach to meetings, you’ll have a clearer vision of what you can gain and the kind of experience you’re likely to have during meetings. Rest assured, no matter which support group you pursue, SMART Recovery, AA and Al-Anon, NA and Nar-Anon have not only proven to be effective tools in the recovery process, they’ve also been a lifeline for thousands of recovering addicts, their families, and friends.

Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City uses practices from both support groups and allows patients in rehab to explore the benefits of each and encourages the adoption of programs that connect with you as an individual. Before you decide which addiction support group in Oklahoma City you want to attend, let’s explore the differences between SMART Recovery and 12-Step programs.

Six people sit in a circle during a support meeting. One women is listening intently while another is taking notes on a notepad.

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery is based on scientific methods for behavioral change, including behaviors associated with substance abuse. These meetings can be equally beneficial to family members and friends of those experiencing a substance use disorder. SMART Recovery’s primary goal is to help individuals overcome their unhealthy and self-defeating thoughts. It encourages taking charge of one’s life, and equips individuals with tools that grow confidence and build inner resiliency.

Unlike 12-Step programs, SMART Recovery’s approach is positioned as non-spiritual, though it is also conducive for individuals who are spiritually inclined. While SMART Recovery appreciates scientific knowledge and incorporates that into its principles, it also is very community-focused by offering support and confidentiality to members who are traveling the same road to recovery from an addiction.

SMART Recovery’s program follows four primary points, which do not need to be followed consecutively:

  1. Point One – Building, increasing, and maintaining motivation. By rigorously assessing the upsides of recovery and the negative consequences of continuing down a path of substance use, your motivation can be strengthened.
  2. Point Two – Coping with urges. SMART Recovery helps people understand that urges to get drunk or high are fleeting. By delaying or not giving into these cravings for a short time, you can learn how to effectively resist them. Strategies for combating cravings include escape, acceptance, and substitution.
  3. Point Three – Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You can eliminate the irrational beliefs and distorted thinking that can be responsible for relapse by exploring why you think the way you do.
  4. Point Four – Living a balanced life. By taking inventory of the things that are important to you and working to put them into practice, you can rebuild and plan out the life you want to live.

What are 12-Step support groups?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) follow the “12 steps.” Both are worldwide non-profit organizations that oversee faith-based support groups for addiction. These programs are based around a book called Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, which was written by a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and first published in 1953.1 Members of AA and NA groups attend weekly meetings while they progress through each of the 12 steps, usually in order.

Twelve-step programs like AA and NA are effective because they provide emotional support as well as practical tips for refraining from substance use. Another benefit of AA and NA is being paired with a “sponsor” who will help you work through each of the steps. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who have a sponsor experience longer-lasting abstinence or sobriety, and are less likely to relapse.2

A general summary of each of the 12 steps are:3

  1. “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” During the first step, you admit that you are powerless and have no control over your impulse to use alcohol or drugs. You admit that your life has become unmanageable due to the negative effects of substance abuse.
  2. “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” During the second step you admit that you will only be able to overcome your addiction by accepting outside help.
  3. “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” The third step is surrendering to a belief or power greater than yourself.
  4. “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” The fourth step involves examining your life to better understand the extent of the damage of your addiction.
  5. “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” The fifth step prepares you for being open-minded and honest. Once you have compiled a moral inventory, you share those realizations with another person.
  6. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” The sixth step is about reflection, preparation, and a willingness to change.
  7. “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” The seventh step is a reminder that you are only human and have limits when by yourself. Humility will be essential for moving away from your shortcomings and embracing hope.
  8. “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” The eighth step is about accountability. You will acknowledge your mistakes and the people that you have harmed.
  9. “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” The ninth step is about showing genuine remorse and making amends to those you hurt during your addiction.
  10. “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.” The tenth step helps you maintain recovery through daily examination of your thoughts and actions. This will help ensure that you do not revert to old, harmful ways of thinking and behaving.
  11. “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” The eleventh step brings prayer or meditation into your daily life, whether you believe in God or not. The goal is quiet self-reflection, surrendering what is out of your control, and considering what is in your control.
  12. “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” The final step of the program requests recovering addicts help others who are suffering from addiction.

Where to go for SMART Recovery, AA & NA meetings in Oklahoma City?

Participation in SMART Recovery or 12-Step support groups while you are in treatment for substance abuse can be very beneficial to your overall recovery. All individuals in a program at Landmark Recovery have the option to attend on-site and off-site meetings through our partnerships in the community.

There are several tools available that can help you find local meetings if you are currently not in treatment but still looking to participate in a support group. Although many physical locations in the Oklahoma City area have been temporarily discontinued or moved online due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of opportunities available for you to attend a 12-step meeting.

And if you are looking for resources to pursue healthier options for your mind, body, and spirit on your new recovery journey, check out our Oklahoma City Healthy Living & Recovery Resource Guide.

SMART Recovery Meetings in Oklahoma City

The SMARTfinder tool on SMART Recovery’s website allows you to tailor your search for online and in-person meetings to Oklahoma City as well as surrounding areas.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Intergroup Service Office maintains a complete schedule of all local AA meetings; the detailed listings are updated hourly and include both physical and online Zoom meetings.

Area 57 (Oklahoma) of Alcoholics Anonymous provides information on all area meetings.

Alcoholics Anonymous Northeast Central Service is a good source for updated information on meetings held in Northeast Oklahoma and also provides connections to online meetings.

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous provides access to more than 1,000 virtual AA meetings in formats such as Zoom, telephone conferences, email, and chat.

The Meeting Guide app from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services is a useful tool that allows you to search for AA meetings on your phone using search criteria such as group name, location, day, and time.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings in Oklahoma City

OK Regional Service Office of Narcotics Anonymous provides information about Zoom and in-person NA meetings in the Oklahoma City region.

Western Area Service Committee of Oklahoma Narcotics Anonymous provides information about Zoom and in-person NA meetings in the Oklahoma City region.

 Call Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City for more information

Please call us our Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City team at 405-896-8426 to speak with an admissions specialist (24/7) about the alcohol and drug treatment programs available at our OKC addiction treatment facility.


  1. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. (2021). Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. (2019). The A.A. Group…Where it all begins: How a group functions. How to get started.
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous. (2016). The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  4. Tonigan JS, Rice SL. Is it beneficial to have an alcoholics anonymous sponsor? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2010;24(3):397-403.
  5. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. (2021). Meeting Guide.

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