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Although 12 step programs are more common, SMART has proven to be a good alternative to these group programs. SMART has also proved to be helpful for people with concurrent conditions such as comorbid depression or anxiety.

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. The aim of this program is to help treat addiction by getting people to focus on the thoughts and emotions behind the addiction.

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


New methods on emerging scientific evidence to help with addiction recovery are continuously updated by SMART.


SMART is regularly updated to provide strategies researchers find most efficient.

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 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. Psychology and self motivation is mostly used in the treatment when using SMART program. 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 There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

These are not stages that are followed. Depending on their current situation, the recovering user can pick on any point they wish.

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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • One will definitely recover if they personally wish to.
  • 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.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Controlling Actions, Reactions And Reflections
  • The desires to go back to the drugs can be eliminated by controlling your emotions, feelings and the activities you take part in and this is outlined in the third point.
  • The patients learn how to love and appreciate themselves and how to tackle stressful situations and feelings of helplessness.
  • Living A Fulfilling Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a sober life.
  • Point number four addresses what makes a patient's life valuable
  • The future is approached realistically by setting out attainable goals and milestones.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. In both cases, the recovering users try to overcome their addictions by getting past some challenges. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. 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 believes that assigning labels to participants is both discouraging and counterproductive. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. After successfully completing the program, members go on to start a new life devoid of addictions and baggage.

The belief in the help for a higher power is what turns off some people from joining the 12-stages program. And conversely, participants in SMART approach their recovery by taking responsibility for their own lives.

Helpful support is, however, provided by SMART and the 12-step programs. It's up for the particular individual to decide which one will be most helpful for him or her. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Recovery Completion

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

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.

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


Will Smart Suit You

SMART was designed to help every individual backing with an addiction of any type. Besides, it can be beneficial for individuals with other addictive behaviours, like eating disorders and compulsive gambling. 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.