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Definition Of Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART has also proved to be helpful for people with concurrent conditions such as comorbid depression or anxiety.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. It helps people to gain control over their addictive behaviour by using the method of focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings.

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


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.

Organizations like the National Institute On Drug Abuse And The American Academy Of Family Physicians have recognized SMART as an effective method of overcoming an addiction.


Smart And How It 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. The patients then learn how to take mastery over those negative habits. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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The Four Point Programme

Each point of the 4-point program is described in detail in 'The SMART Recovery Handbook'. Tips for exercising and to maintain sobriety in life are also provided by the handbook.

These are not stages that are followed. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • One will definitely recover if they personally wish to.
  • 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 number two addresses cravings and what brings them on.
  • The participants learn to use methods like various distraction techniques to suppress cravings.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings And Behaviours
  • The third point explains how to prevent relapses by studying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in use of drugs.
  • The patients learn how to love and appreciate themselves and how to tackle stressful situations and feelings of helplessness.
  • Living A Balanced Life
  • Choosing to live without depending on drugs is a huge step in life.
  • 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.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. 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 approach to what addiction is about is one of the differences in these programs.

SMART does not consider the participants as addicts or as people with an illness. The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

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. 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. 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.


After Recovery

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.

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


Is Smart Appropriate For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. Besides, it can be beneficial for individuals with other addictive behaviours, like eating disorders and compulsive gambling. 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.