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Smart And What It Is


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

Members get to minimise and even stop their addiction when on the SMART program.


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


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

SMART has received recognition for its effectiveness in overcoming addiction by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


How Smart Is Utilised

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. To get to the issues that need attention, volunteers who have been trained help the participants to examine certain behaviours. 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. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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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 point program is unlike step programs, which have been designed by other organizations. 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
  • Achieving recovery that lasts will depend on whether or not the recovering addict is willing to remain sober.
  • To help in the decision making, participants can make a list of the pros and cons of using or staying clean.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • The causes for the desires to use the drugs are also explained on the second point of the program.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • Another thing they learn is how to stop believing nonsensical thoughts about taking the substance.
  • Controlling Actions, Reactions And Reflections
  • 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 Sober And Balanced Life
  • 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.
  • At this point, the recovering user will need to make a note of the things that matter to them.
  • People are taught how to make plans for the future and set realistic goals.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. Overcoming the addiction is the main objective of the two types of programs. Both programs are private in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. There are success stories associated with both these programs.

The basic difference between SMART and 12-step programs is in how these program define addiction.

In SMART addiction isn't called a disease and the recovering users aren't identified as addicts. SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. A participant can "graduate" from the recovery program at any stage and begin a new, sober life.

The belief in the help for a higher power is what turns off some people from joining the 12-stages program. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. 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

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

The desires to use the drugs are completely gone when a person is nearing the completion of the SMART program.

Once the SMART participants come to the last step, they have all necessary skills to live a sober life.


Is Smart Appropriate For You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. 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.