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Like the 12 stages of recovery implemented in Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART is another way of achieving that. People with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from SMART.

People suffering from addictions and behavioural problems can be treated with the help of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

People are taught skills and to manage their cravings and urges for the long-term to those who decide to participate in SMART.


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.

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 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. SMART has trained volunteers who work with the members, helping them identify roots to their problems and habits. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. The techniques used by SMART are different from the 12 point program and rely on cognitive behavioural and motivational enhancement therapies while imparting the training and any education. A 4-point program introduces the recovering users to these methods.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program The Handbook also contains ideas and exercises to help one keep off the substance abuse.

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
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • Then, the patient is required to make a list of advantages and disadvantages of getting sober.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • Point two examines the trigger which causes a craving.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • Another thing they learn is how to stop believing nonsensical thoughts about taking 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 participants study self-acceptance and learn to manage unpleasant feelings such as depression.
  • Living A Balanced 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.
  • Understanding what matters to you is also very key and this is stated on the fourth point.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. 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 in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. Also, with the help of both programs, lots of people have won a victory over their addiction.

The basic difference between SMART and 12-step programs is in how these program define addiction.

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." 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.

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.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Graduating From The Recovery Process

Participants of SMART can graduate from recovery and this is a unique feature of this program. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

By the time one is graduating from a SMART program, they are fully confident they can tackle life with no risk of relapsing into drug use.

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


Will Smart Suit You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.