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SMART Recovery Treatment

Definition Of Smart


Although 12 step programs are more common, SMART has proven to be a good alternative to these group programs. SMART tackles other problems issues associated with addictions like mental illnesses and feelings of unhappiness.

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. Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

Participants of SMART groups master skills which enable them to manage their urges and cravings in the long run.


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


New techniques of getting rid of addiction are always added to this program to make it better.

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

SMART technique uses the fact that the addict has all the powered they need to top the addiction by themselves as opposed to the way Alcoholics Analytics worked. The addicts get the help they need through the guidance of the help of the professionals. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. Psychology and self motivation is mostly used in the treatment when using SMART program. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

Each point of the 4-point program is described in detail in 'The SMART Recovery Handbook'. The Handbook also contains ideas and exercises to help one keep off the substance abuse.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. 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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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • 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.
  • To help in the decision making, participants can make a list of the pros and cons of using or staying clean.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • The participants learn to use methods like various distraction techniques to suppress cravings.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Controlling Actions, Reactions And Reflections
  • 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 Balanced Life
  • It needs a sudden change in lifestyle for a person to stay clean.
  • It is crucial for a successful recovery that the person learns how to live a healthy and sober life.
  • In Point 4 participants are required to make an inventory about the things that are important for them.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

Comparing Smart And 12 Step Programmes

The programs that use the 12 stages have some similar features to the SMART program. Each program facilitates recovering of alcohol and drug addicts by having them work through a number of assignments aimed at beating their addiction. In both cases, the identity of the participants is kept secret. There are success stories associated with both these programs.

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." The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

The belief in the help for a higher power is what turns off some people from joining the 12-stages program. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. 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."


Graduating From The Recovery Process

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

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.


Will Smart Suit You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. This program is also beneficial for people who have addictive behaviours in any capacity and these behaviours could be compulsive like gambling and eating disorders. 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.