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Learning About Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. People with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from SMART.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

Participants of SMART groups master skills which enable them to manage their urges and cravings in the long run.


If there is a new method that can improve the treatment, SMART may update the methods that are used.


New techniques of getting rid of addiction are always added to this program to make it better.

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.


Smart And How It Works

SMART technique uses the fact that the addict has all the powered they need to top the addiction by themselves as opposed to the way Alcoholics Analytics worked. Volunteers who have received the training provide assistance to the participants to examine their specific behaviour and to locate the problems that need maximum attention. The participants are thereafter given training on self-reliance to gain control over their addictive behaviour. 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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Smart And The Four Point Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. Tips for exercising and to maintain sobriety in life are also provided by the handbook.

The 4-points do not constitute a Program. The patients can start on any of the points following no order, but depending on the greatest area they most need to address.

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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.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • This point shows the recovering user how to check their own thoughts, emotions and actions to keep them from falling back into addiction.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • The decision to stay sober can bring about drastic changes in the lifestyles of the participants.
  • 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 future is approached realistically by setting out attainable goals and milestones.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. Both aim at helping substance addicted patients quit the habits. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

Dissimilar Approaches Between SMART and the 12-Step Programs.

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. SMART doesn't see recovery as a lifelong journey which is another major difference. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

The 12-step program is not considered voluntarily by many people because they do not prefer to believe that they are powerless against their addiction or giving themselves away to a higher power. 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. 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."


Graduating From The Recovery Process

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

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.

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


Is Smart Suitable For You

SMART helps people with all kinds of substance abuse issues. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. Smart is also used to treat underlying mental health problems such as depression.