Army spouse Robin Howard is on a crusade to bring more addiction treatment options to Fort Hood soldiers.

SMART Recovery, a nationwide nonprofit, is now available in the Fort Hood area thanks to Howard. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery is non-religious and science-based.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at mlozano@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7552.

(5) comments

ezeb

This is indeed excellent news. As a retired Marine I can tell you the idea of "powerlessness" went against everything I believed. A program such as SMART would have been a perfect match for my life outlook. Thank you for your efforts to bring the power of choice to the men and woman of Ft Hood.

Only the best to you and your husband as your lives go forward.

RobinH

Thank you for the positive feedback.

RobinH

Howard said. “SMART Recovery can be used with any other methods that the person feels helps them."

That comment means that people should use whatever means to help them past their problem. That might be AA or NA. It might be medication, therapy, support groups. They simply need more options.

As far as it being religious here is one example of a higher court's ruling:
Warburton v. Underwood, 2 F.Supp.2d 306, 318 (W.D.N.Y.1998)
The District Court found the reasoning of the Griffin and Warner courts persuasive, stating that: "The emphasis placed on God, spirituality and faith in a 'higher power' by twelve-step programs such as A.A. or N.A. clearly supports a determination that the underlying basis of these programs is religious and that participation in such programs constitutes a religious exercise. It is an inescapable conclusion that coerced attendance at such programs therefore violates the Establishment Clause."

That being said, there is nothing wrong with it being a religious organization. It simply means that it is not for everyone and no one should be forced to attend against their will.

ramis

I don't know if the person who wrote this article is in recovery, but AA or NA are NOT religious organizations.......they also share their experiences with other members, they don't talk TO you. They also talk with you. It probably would be good for PTSD, and has worked for others.

RobinH

Meeting information can be found on the smartrecovery . org website, click on find a meeting.

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