By Greg Hunt
A new program to help East Central area veterans and their families has been initiated in Cambridge using the SMART Recovery model.
As explained on the program’s website: “The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, the online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.”
Small group meetings with a trained facilitator take place every Thursday at Cambridge Lutheran Church’s Archive Room from 10-11:30 a.m. At present, the local group is focussed on working with veterans and their families on the unique stresses and struggles associated with Armed Forces deployments.
Topics covered in a typical SMART Recovery meeting center on dealing with backsliding, relapse prevention through understanding triggers to addictive behaviors, and taking forward steps to recovery through positive behavior changes.
Participants are encouraged to “build their own tool box” to recovery by learning strategies which best fit best a particular situation. Self-development and achieving balance in life are goals for all participants.
For more information, e-mail SMARTRecoveryIsanti@gmail.com, call 763-691-9695 or go online to www.smartrecovery.org.
Clarence Recycling Day for Beyond The Yellow Ribbon May 5
Clarence Recycling, located just south of Isanti on Hwy. 65, is teaming with area families for a fund drive on Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6 this year. On those days, Clarence, who is an Armed Forces veteran, will donate all proceeds from aluminum cans recycled at his center to the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. The Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s mission is to support military service members, veterans, and their families by coordinating services and resources available to them.