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What Is SMART Recovery

Definition Of Smart


A popular alternative just like Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step group is SMART. SMART tackles other problems issues associated with addictions like mental illnesses and feelings of unhappiness.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. SMART helps the patients focus on the root causes of their addiction as well as their thoughts and feelings, and by addressing them, they learn how to control and take charge of their lives.

Some of the skills that people learn in SMART are useful in helping them to deal with cravings in the long term.


SMART continually updates its techniques, which are based on present-day scientific achievements related to recovery from addictions.


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

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.


How Smart Is Utilised

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. 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. Depending on their current situation, the recovering user can pick on any point they wish.

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  • Building And Maintaining Motivation
  • Achieving recovery that lasts will depend on whether or not the recovering addict is willing to remain sober.
  • Participants are encouraged to make a list of priorities and weigh the costs and benefits of using the drugs versus being sober.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • The third point explains how to prevent relapses by studying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in use of drugs.
  • The feeling of loneliness and despair can be contained by the addict themselves.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • It needs a sudden change in lifestyle for a person to stay clean.
  • It is, therefore, essential that one learns how to live a fulfilling life that is also drug-free.
  • 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.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

The programs that use the 12 stages have some similar features to the SMART program. Both programs have been designed for recovering alcohol and drug users by working through a series of assignments to overcome their addiction. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. People attending any of the programs have been able to beat the addictions and stay sober.

The approach to what addiction is about is one of the differences in these 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. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. After successfully completing the program, members go on to start a new life devoid of addictions and baggage.

The idea of being powerless or having to submit to a higher power is a major reason why some people don't go for 12-step programs. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. 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."


Recovery Completion

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

According to SMART, at the last stage of recovery, the participants already have complete self-control and don't feel temptation to use drugs anymore.

They go back to a normal life where they don't have to use drugs.


Would You Consider Smart

SMART was designed to help every individual backing with an addiction of any type. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. Those who have co-occurring mental disorders, e.g. depressions, also may derive benefit from it.