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About SMART Recovery

Definition Of 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 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.


As new technologies and knowledge emerge, SMART adapts their training techniques accordingly.


SMART's current and updated techniques have been proven to provide excellent results.

Reputable organizations like the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognize SMART as an effective strategy for those who are surmounting drug addiction.


Smart And The Features

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. Well-trained voluntary servants help participants examine particular behaviours to find weak spots which need special attention. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. In order to teach these skills, SMART applies methods borrowed from motivational enhancement and cognitive behaviour therapies. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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The 4 Stage Scheme

The 4 point that are followed are clearly outlined in the programs manual. There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step 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.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Overcoming The Desires
  • The causes for the desires to use the drugs are also explained on the second point of the program.
  • Using distraction techniques and other methods, the participants learn how to deal with their cravings.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • 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.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • It requires commitment in order for the addict to get back to living a normal kind of life.
  • 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.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Comparing Smart And 12 Step Programmes

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. Each program facilitates recovering of alcohol and drug addicts by having them work through a number of assignments aimed at beating their addiction. In both programs, the identity of the members remains protected. People attending any of the programs have been able to beat the addictions and stay sober.

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

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. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. It is the willingness of a person to overcome the dependence that is used in the SMART program.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step programs. People choose the program they feel will suit them best. In the words written in the SMART Recovery Handbook, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same situation."


After Recovery

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

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.

Participants of SMART when they have reached the final stage will be considered as having the skills needed to maintain a sober life.


Is Smart Right For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. 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.