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SMART Recovery Treatment

Smart And What It Is


Like the 12 stages of recovery implemented in Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART is another way of achieving that. 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.

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


The latest methods of stopping the dependency on drugs are used on SMART program to help the members.


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

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 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. SMART has trained volunteers who work with the members, helping them identify roots to their problems and habits. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. The participants are required to learn these skills by following a simplified four-point program.



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The 4 Stages Of Smart

The 4 point that are followed are clearly outlined in the programs manual. The Handbook also contains ideas and exercises to help one keep off the substance abuse.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. Participants have the option of tackling a specific point in any order depending upon the needs they have.

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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.
  • Participants are encouraged to make a list of priorities and weigh the costs and benefits of using the drugs versus being sober.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • The third point explains how to prevent relapses by studying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in use of drugs.
  • The participants study self-acceptance and learn to manage unpleasant feelings such as depression.
  • Living A Fulfilling Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • It is crucial for a successful recovery that the person learns how to live a healthy and sober life.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • The future is approached realistically by setting out attainable goals and milestones.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

The SMART 4-Point and the 12-Step programs do share some similar approaches. Both programs have been designed for recovering alcohol and drug users by working through a series of assignments to overcome their addiction. In both cases, the identity of the participants is kept secret. 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 a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

The idea of being powerless or having to submit to a higher power is a major reason why some people don't go for 12-step programs. 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. People choose the program they feel will suit them best. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Qualifying For The Programme

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. Though some may fall back to addiction, SMART does not look at this as a given in the recovery of individuals.

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 Suitable For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.