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Learning About Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. 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. The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

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


The latest methods of stopping the dependency on drugs are used on SMART program to help the members.


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

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.


How Smart 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. SMART has trained volunteers who work with the members, helping them identify roots to their problems and habits. The recovering users are thereafter shown how to rely on themselves to curb the behaviours that lead to using. Cognitive behavioural techniques and motivational enhancement are some of the methods used in SMART. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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The Four Point Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. Tips for exercising and to maintain sobriety in life are also provided by the handbook.

These are not stages that are followed. Participants have the option of tackling a specific point in any order depending upon the needs they have.

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  • Building And Maintaining 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.
  • Controlling Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Participants are taught how to suppress their cravings through different methods, including distraction techniques.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings And Behaviours
  • 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 Fulfilling Life
  • It requires commitment in order for the addict to get back to living a normal kind of life.
  • It is, therefore, essential that one learns how to live a fulfilling life that is also drug-free.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

Comparing Smart And 12 Step Programmes

There are certain common areas in SMART and 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. In both cases, the identity of the participants is kept secret. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

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. SMART believes that assigning labels to participants is both discouraging and counterproductive. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. SMART encourages the members to take control of their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the 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."


Qualifying For The Programme

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

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.


Is Smart Suitable For You

SMART was designed to help every individual backing with an addiction of any type. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.