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Smart And What It Is


Although 12 step programs are more common, SMART has proven to be a good alternative to these group programs. People with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from SMART.

People that are addicted to any form of drug can get the help in overcoming it using the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) programs. It trains people to suppress their dependence behaviour by making them focus on subjacent thoughts and feelings.

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


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


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

The positive effects of the SMART program have been appreciated even by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


How Smart Is Utilised

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 participants are thereafter given training on self-reliance to gain control over their addictive behaviour. 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 Handbook also contains ideas and exercises to help one keep off the substance abuse.

These are not stages that are followed. Depending on their current situation, the recovering user can pick on any point they wish.

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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.
  • Controlling Cravings
  • Point number two addresses cravings and what brings them on.
  • The participants learn to use methods like various distraction techniques to suppress cravings.
  • 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 recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Good 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.
  • People are taught how to make plans for the future and set realistic goals.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

There are certain common areas in SMART and 12-step programs. Both aim at helping substance addicted patients quit the habits. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. 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.

The people that are dependant on the drugs are not said to be "addicts" in the SMART program. SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

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. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. In the words written in the SMART Recovery Handbook, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same situation."


Finishing 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, the participants don't feel the urge to use at the end of the program and they have total control over their lives.

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

SMART was designed to help every individual backing with an addiction of any type. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.