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About SMART Recovery

Learning About Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. 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). It helps people to gain control over their addictive behaviour by using the method of focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings.

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


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


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.


How Smart Works

SMART works on the premise that it is an empowerment tool in itself unlike the 12 step program that encourages the members to see themselves as helpless. SMART has trained volunteers who work with the members, helping them identify roots to their problems and habits. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence 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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Smart And The Four Point Programme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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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.
  • The participants can compile a list of their priorities and compare the costs and benefits of using the substance versus not using them.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • Point two examines the trigger which causes a craving.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • The myths about the desires to use the drugs are also eliminated.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • 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.
  • The recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Fulfilling Life
  • 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.
  • Participants are also given the education they need to plan about the future by setting realistic goals for themselves.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

The SMART 4-Point and the 12-Step programs do share some similar approaches. Overcoming the addiction is the main objective of the two types of programs. In both cases, the identity of the participants is kept secret. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

Dissimilar Approaches Between SMART and the 12-Step Programs.

The people that are dependant on the drugs are not said to be "addicts" in the SMART program. SMART believes that assigning labels to participants is both discouraging and counterproductive. In SMART, recovery is for a set time, not a lifetime. After successfully completing the program, members go on to start a new life devoid of addictions and baggage.

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. SMART encourages the members to take control of their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. Each person is encouraged to select the program they deem suitable to their need. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Qualifying For The Programme

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.

In the final stages of recovery participants will begin to experience overall self-control over their lives and will no longer feel tempted to use the drugs again, and this is a belief which is held by SMART.

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


Would You Consider Smart

Anyone suffering from any addiction can benefit from SMART. 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. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.