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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.

People suffering from addictions and behavioural problems can be treated with the help of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

SMART also helps their members learn how to handle their strong urges to take the substance of their abuse and control the desire for life.


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


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

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.


How Smart Is Utilised

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. 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. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. Cognitive behavioural techniques and motivational enhancement are some of the methods used in SMART. A 4-point program introduces the recovering users to these methods.



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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 To help the recovering user remain clean, the handbook also contains tips and exercises that can be used.

These are not stages that are followed. 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
  • Achieving recovery that lasts will depend on whether or not the recovering addict is willing to remain sober.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • Point number two addresses cravings and what brings them on.
  • 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 Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Point number four addresses what makes a patient's life valuable
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

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. Both programs are private in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. People attending any of the programs have been able to beat the addictions and stay sober.

The definition of addiction is perhaps different in the SMART program as compared to the 12-step program.

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." Such labels are considered to be discouraging and ineffective. In SMART, recovery is for a set time, not a lifetime. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

The belief in the help for a higher power is what turns off some people from joining the 12-stages program. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Finishing Recovery

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

According to SMART, at the last stage of recovery, the participants already have complete self-control and don't feel temptation to use drugs anymore.

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


Is Smart Suitable For You

Anyone suffering from any addiction can benefit from SMART. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.