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Knowing What Smart Is


Like the 12 stages of recovery implemented in Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART is another way of achieving that. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. It trains people to suppress their dependence behaviour by making them focus on subjacent thoughts and feelings.

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


If there is a new method that can improve the treatment, SMART may update the methods that are used.


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

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.


Smart And The Features

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. 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. Cognitive behavioural techniques and motivational enhancement are some of the methods used in SMART. A 4-point program introduces the recovering users to these methods.



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The 4 Part Programme

Every aspect of the 4-Point program is covered in the SMART Recovery Handbook. 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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  • Creating And Keeping Up Motivation
  • Willing to stay sober is an important factor of success in reaching continuous recovery.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • Point number two addresses cravings and what brings them on.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • This can also help them deal with some of the negative beliefs that cause them to use.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • 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 Good 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.
  • Understanding what matters to you is also very key and this is stated on the fourth point.
  • The future is approached realistically by setting out attainable goals and milestones.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

The programs that use the 12 stages have some similar features to the SMART program. 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 definition of addiction is perhaps different in the SMART program as compared to the 12-step program.

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. 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.

Sometimes, people do not join a 12-step group on their own accord simply because they don't like the idea of admitting their powerlessness and submitting to some higher power. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step 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."


After Recovery

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. 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. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or 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.