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Like the 12 stages of recovery implemented in Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART is another way of achieving that. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. It helps people to gain control over their addictive behaviour by using the method of focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings.

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


SMART continually updates its techniques, which are based on present-day scientific achievements related to recovery from addictions.


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

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.


Features Of Smart

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. Volunteers who have received the training provide assistance to the participants to examine their specific behaviour and to locate the problems that need maximum attention. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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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.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Instilling Motivation and Maintaining It
  • Achieving recovery that lasts will depend on whether or not the recovering addict is willing to remain sober.
  • 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 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.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • This point shows the recovering user how to check their own thoughts, emotions and actions to keep them from falling back into addiction.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • Choosing to live without depending on drugs is a huge step in life.
  • Long term recovery requires that you learn how to live your life without the addictive substance.
  • 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.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

The programs that use the 12 stages have some similar features to the SMART program. 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 approach to what addiction is about is one of the differences in these programs.

SMART does not consider the participants as addicts or as people with an illness. Such labels are considered to be discouraging and ineffective. 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.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. It is the willingness of a person to overcome the dependence that is used in the SMART program.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Finishing Recovery

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

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.

It is believed that the participants have what it takes to stay clean once they get to the last stage of the program.


Would You Consider Smart

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. 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.