What Is SMART Recovery support-groups

Definition Of 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, or Self-Management and Recovery Training, is a support program aimed at people who suffer from addictions and conduct disorders. It trains people to suppress their dependence behaviour by making them focus on subjacent thoughts and feelings.

Some of the skills that people learn in SMART are useful in helping them to deal with cravings in the long term.


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


SMART is also involved in ongoing efforts to update its methods to provide strategies for researchers that have found them highly effective.

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


Smart And How It Works

SMART is a self-empowering program which is quite different from the 12-step program where the participants have to admit that they have no power over their addiction. 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. Psychology and self motivation is mostly used in the treatment when using SMART program. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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The Four Point Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

The 4-points do not constitute a Program. Depending on their current situation, the recovering user can pick on any point they wish.

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  • Building And Maintaining Motivation
  • Willing to stay sober is an important factor of success in reaching continuous recovery.
  • Participants are encouraged to make a list of priorities and weigh the costs and benefits of using the drugs versus being sober.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • Participants are taught how to suppress their cravings through different methods, including distraction techniques.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Restraining Feelings, Thoughts, And Behaviours
  • This point shows the recovering user how to check their own thoughts, emotions and actions to keep them from falling back into addiction.
  • The recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Sober And Balanced Life
  • It needs a sudden change in lifestyle for a person to stay clean.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a sober life.
  • Point number four addresses what makes a patient's life valuable
  • Participants are also given the education they need to plan about the future by setting realistic goals for themselves.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. 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 ones, which means that each participant 's identity stays within the group. Also, with the help of both programs, lots of people have won a victory over their addiction.

The approach to what addiction is about is one of the differences in these programs.

In SMART addiction isn't called a disease and the recovering users aren't identified as addicts. The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. Participants can consider themselves as graduated from recovery to begin a new and a healthy life.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step programs. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. There is no one size fit all program; SMART says, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same position."


Graduating From The Recovery Process

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.

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.

By graduation, the SMART members are equipped to live a drug-free life.


Will Smart Suit You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. 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.