Utilising SMART Recovery support-groups

Smart And What It Is


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. People with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from SMART.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural 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.


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


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

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 considers itself as a program which is self-empowering, which is in sharp contrast to the 12-step program that urges participants to admit their powerlessness over their addiction. To get to the issues that need attention, volunteers who have been trained help the participants to examine certain behaviours. The patients then learn how to take mastery over those negative habits. 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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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.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Building And Maintaining Motivation
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • Another thing they learn is how to stop believing nonsensical thoughts about taking the substance.
  • Restraining Feelings, Thoughts, And Behaviours
  • 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 recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • It requires commitment in order for the addict to get back to living a normal kind of life.
  • 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.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

The programs that use the 12 stages have some similar features to the SMART program. Each program facilitates recovering of alcohol and drug addicts by having them work through a number of assignments aimed at beating their addiction. Both programs are private ones, which means that each participant 's identity stays within the group. 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.

SMART does not consider the participants as addicts or as people with an illness. The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. After successfully completing the program, members go on to start a new life devoid of addictions and baggage.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

Helpful support is, however, provided by SMART and the 12-step programs. People choose the program they feel will suit them best. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Finishing Recovery

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. Despite the understanding that relapses can occur SMART does not consider a relapse as an essential part of the recovery process.

The desires to use the drugs are completely gone when a person is nearing the completion of the SMART program.

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


Is Smart Suitable For You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.