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What Is SMART Recovery

Smart And What It Is


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

People suffering from addictions and behavioural problems can be treated with the help of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

People are taught skills and to manage their cravings and urges for the long-term to those who decide to participate in SMART.


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


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

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.


How Smart Is Utilised

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. The addicts get the help they need through the guidance of the help of the professionals. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. The techniques used by SMART are different from the 12 point program and rely on cognitive behavioural and motivational enhancement therapies while imparting the training and any education. A 4-point program is taught to aid in mastering these skills.



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The 4 Stages Of Smart

The 4 point that are followed are clearly outlined in the programs manual. The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Creating And Keeping Up Motivation
  • People who intend to stay sober must understand that there must have efficient willingness skills because it is an important aspect of reaching their desired goal for a long-lasting recovery.
  • Then, the patient is required to make a list of advantages and disadvantages of getting sober.
  • Controlling Cravings
  • 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.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • The desires to go back to the drugs can be eliminated by controlling your emotions, feelings and the activities you take part in and this is outlined in the third point.
  • 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.
  • One can overcome the addiction faster if they try as much as possible not to relapse and use the drugs.
  • In Point 4 participants are required to make an inventory about the things that are important for them.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

There are certain common areas in SMART and 12-step programs. Both programs have been designed for recovering alcohol and drug users by working through a series of assignments to overcome their addiction. Both programs are private in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

The definition of addiction is perhaps different in the SMART program as compared to the 12-step program.

In SMART addiction isn't called a disease and the recovering users aren't identified as addicts. This is because there is a lot of negativity associated with these title. 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.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Finishing Recovery

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

According to SMART, the participants don't feel the urge to use at the end of the program and they have total control over their lives.

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


Would You Consider Smart

Anyone suffering from any addiction can benefit from SMART. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. 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.