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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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