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Utilising SMART Recovery

Smart And What It Is


A well-recognized alternative to twelve-step groups like those of AA is SMART. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

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


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


SMART's current and updated techniques have been proven to provide excellent results.

Reputable organizations like the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognize SMART as an effective strategy for those who are surmounting drug 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. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. A 4-point program is taught to aid in mastering these skills.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

Every aspect of the 4-Point program is covered in the SMART Recovery Handbook. 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. The patients can start on any of the points following no order, but depending on the greatest area they most need to address.

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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.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • The myths about the desires to use the drugs are also eliminated.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings 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 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.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a sober life.
  • Understanding what matters to you is also very key and this is stated on the fourth point.
  • Participants are also given the education they need to plan about the future by setting realistic goals for themselves.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. Each program facilitates recovering of alcohol and drug addicts by having them work through a number of assignments aimed at beating their addiction. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. Both programs have been successful in helping participants to overcome their addiction.

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

SMART doesn't label its participants as "addicts" or as people who have an "illness." SMART believes that assigning labels to participants is both discouraging and counterproductive. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

The 12-step program is not considered voluntarily by many people because they do not prefer to believe that they are powerless against their addiction or giving themselves away to a higher power. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

Both SMART and twelve-step programs provide help and support to people. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


After Recovery

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. Despite the understanding that relapses can occur SMART does not consider a relapse as an essential part of the recovery process.

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.


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.