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Knowing What Smart Is


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

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


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


SMART's current and updated techniques have been proven to provide excellent results.

SMART has received recognition for its effectiveness in overcoming addiction by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Features Of Smart

SMART works on the premise that it is an empowerment tool in itself unlike the 12 step program that encourages the members to see themselves as helpless. The addicts get the help they need through the guidance of the help of the professionals. The patients then learn how to take mastery over those negative habits. 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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The 4 Stage Scheme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

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
  • 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.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • The participants learn to use methods like various distraction techniques to suppress cravings.
  • Another thing they learn is how to stop believing nonsensical thoughts about taking the substance.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • The third point explains how to prevent relapses by studying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in use of drugs.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • 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.
  • Participants are also given the education they need to plan about the future by setting realistic goals for themselves.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. 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. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

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

In SMART addiction isn't called a disease and the recovering users aren't identified as addicts. SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. A participant can "graduate" from the recovery program at any stage and begin a new, sober life.

The idea of being powerless or having to submit to a higher power is a major reason why some people don't go for 12-step programs. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. It's up for the particular individual to decide which one will be most helpful for him or her. As it has been wisely pointed out within the SMART Recovery Handbook "a solution which works on an individual in a particular situation may not be suitable to the other in a similar situation."


Recovery Completion

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. 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.

They go back to a normal life where they don't have to use drugs.


Is Smart Right For You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.