TOOLS for recovery????
Those in 12 step program hear ….go to meetings, get a sponzor, and work the steps.  Turn it over to your Higher Power, One Day at Time!  Much has been written about the 12 steps and 12 Traditions….even about the early history of AA based on 6 steps.
  1. Powerlessness
  2. Belief
  3. Surrender
  4. Moral Inventory
  5. Confession
  6. Willingness
  7. Fellowship
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Amends
  10. Daily Examination
  11. Prayer Meditation
  12. Service
There is an amazing site that shows 12 steps by religious  provides an easy-to-use instrument which demonstrates how the universal principles found in the 12 Steps of A.A., are also found in each of the wisdom traditions ie Christianity, Buddhism, Christianity, Cosmology, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Taoism
SMART says learn and use the tools… values, cost versus benefits of using, dispute irrational beliefs, play the tape, and surf the urges.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for each program point:
1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
4: Living a Balanced Life
Our approach for addiction and alcohol abuse SMART’s Approach
  • • Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
  • • Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.
  • • Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
  • • Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
  • • Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
  • • Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
  • • Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
  • • Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.