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About SMART Recovery

Smart And What It Is


A well-recognized alternative to twelve-step groups like those of AA is SMART. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

People suffering from addictions and behavioural problems can be treated with the help of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

Members get to minimise and even stop their addiction when on the SMART program.


If there is a new method that can improve the treatment, SMART may update the methods that are used.


SMART is regularly updated to provide strategies researchers find most efficient.

SMART has been recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians as being one of the successful methods of beating dependency.


Smart And How It Works

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. Volunteers who have received the training provide assistance to the participants to examine their specific behaviour and to locate the problems that need maximum attention. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. In order to teach these skills, SMART applies methods borrowed from motivational enhancement and cognitive behaviour therapies. The participants are required to learn these skills by following a simplified four-point program.



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The Four Point Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • To help in the decision making, participants can make a list of the pros and cons of using or staying clean.
  • Overcoming The Desires
  • Point two examines the trigger which causes a craving.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • The myths about the desires to use the drugs are also eliminated.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings And Behaviours
  • In point three, one is taught how to bring the mind, emotions, and actions under control to avoid yielding to cravings and falling back to drug abuse.
  • The recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a sober life.
  • Understanding what matters to you is also very key and this is stated on the fourth point.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. In both cases, the recovering users try to overcome their addictions by getting past some challenges. Both programs are private ones, which means that each participant 's identity stays within the group. Both programs have been successful in helping participants to overcome their addiction.

The basic difference between SMART and 12-step programs is in how these program define addiction.

SMART doesn't label its participants as "addicts" or as people who have an "illness." The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. Participants can consider themselves as graduated from recovery to begin a new and a healthy life.

Sometimes, people do not join a 12-step group on their own accord simply because they don't like the idea of admitting their powerlessness and submitting to some higher power. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

Helpful support is, however, provided by SMART and the 12-step programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. There is no one size fit all program; SMART says, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same position."


Recovery Completion

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

By the time one is graduating from a SMART program, they are fully confident they can tackle life with no risk of relapsing into drug use.

It is believed that the participants have what it takes to stay clean once they get to the last stage of the program.


Is Smart Suitable For You

SMART was designed to help every individual backing with an addiction of any type. This program is also beneficial for people who have addictive behaviours in any capacity and these behaviours could be compulsive like gambling and eating disorders. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.