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About SMART Recovery

Learning About Smart


A well-recognized alternative to twelve-step groups like those of AA is SMART. SMART tackles other problems issues associated with addictions like mental illnesses and feelings of unhappiness.

People that are addicted to any form of drug can get the help in overcoming it using the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) programs. 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.


New methods on emerging scientific evidence to help with addiction recovery are continuously updated by SMART.


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

The positive effects of the SMART program have been appreciated even by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Features Of Smart

SMART is a self-empowering program which is quite different from the 12-step program where the participants have to admit that they have no power over their addiction. To get to the issues that need attention, volunteers who have been trained help the participants to examine certain behaviours. The participants are thereafter given training on self-reliance to gain control over their addictive behaviour. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. A 4-point program is taught to aid in mastering these skills.



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The Four Point Programme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program Tips for exercising and to maintain sobriety in life are also provided by the handbook.

The 4-points do not constitute a Program. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Instilling Motivation and Maintaining It
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • The participants can compile a list of their priorities and compare the costs and benefits of using the substance versus not using them.
  • Overcoming The Desires
  • Point two examines the trigger which causes a craving.
  • Participants are taught how to suppress their cravings through different methods, including distraction techniques.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • 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 feeling of loneliness and despair can be contained by the addict themselves.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • The decision to stay sober can bring about drastic changes in the lifestyles of the participants.
  • It is crucial for a successful recovery that the person learns how to live a healthy and sober life.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

There are certain common areas in SMART and 12-step programs. 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. There are success stories associated with both these programs.

The meaning of overdependence on the drugs is what tends to be the contradicting factor between the two set of programs.

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. A participant can "graduate" from the recovery program at any stage and begin a new, sober 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. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. Each person is encouraged to select the program they deem suitable to their need. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Qualifying For The Programme

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

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.

By graduation, the SMART members are equipped to live a drug-free life.


Will Smart Suit You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. Those with secondary problems stemming from drug or substance abuse such as mental sickness and emotional problems will also find help at a SMART centre.