About SMART Recovery support-groups

Learning About Smart


A well-recognized alternative to twelve-step groups like those of AA is SMART. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

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.

People are taught skills and to manage their cravings and urges for the long-term to those who decide to participate in SMART.


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


This means that in SMART you will find methods being used that have been shown to be more effective.

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

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. To get to the issues that need attention, volunteers who have been trained help the participants to examine certain behaviours. The recovering users are thereafter shown how to rely on themselves to curb the behaviours that lead to using. In order to teach these skills, SMART applies methods borrowed from motivational enhancement and cognitive behaviour therapies. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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The 4 Stages Of Smart

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Instilling Motivation and Maintaining It
  • 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.
  • The participants can compile a list of their priorities and compare the costs and benefits of using the substance versus not using them.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • 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 desires to go back to the drugs can be eliminated by controlling your emotions, feelings and the activities you take part in and this is outlined in the third point.
  • The participants study self-acceptance and learn to manage unpleasant feelings such as depression.
  • Living A Good Life
  • It requires commitment in order for the addict to get back to living a normal kind of life.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a sober life.
  • 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.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. Overcoming the addiction is the main objective of the two types of programs. In both programs, the identity of the members remains protected. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

The meaning of overdependence on the drugs is what tends to be the contradicting factor between the two set of programs.

In SMART addiction isn't called a disease and the recovering users aren't identified as addicts. SMART believes that assigning labels to participants is both discouraging and counterproductive. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. 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. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. It's up for the particular individual to decide which one will be most helpful for him or her. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


After Recovery

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

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

It is believed that the participants have what it takes to stay clean once they get to the last stage of the program.


Is Smart Appropriate For You

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