SMART Recovery Treatment support-groups

Definition Of Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART tackles other problems issues associated with addictions like mental illnesses and feelings of unhappiness.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

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


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


SMART is also involved in ongoing efforts to update its methods to provide strategies for researchers that have found them highly effective.

SMART has been recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians as being one of the successful methods of beating dependency.


How Smart Is Utilised

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. 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. 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. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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The Four Point Programme

The 4 point that are followed are clearly outlined in the programs manual. There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Getting And Remaining Interested
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • To help in the decision making, participants can make a list of the pros and cons of using or staying clean.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • 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 participants study self-acceptance and learn to manage unpleasant feelings such as depression.
  • Living A Balanced Life
  • It requires commitment in order for the addict to get back to living a normal kind of life.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a 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.

Similarities And Differences Between 12 Step Programme And Smart

There are certain common areas in SMART and 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. Both programs have been successful in helping participants to overcome their addiction.

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

SMART doesn't label its participants as "addicts" or as people who have an "illness." This is because there is a lot of negativity associated with these title. Another difference is that unlike 12-step, recovery is not an ongoing process in SMART. 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. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Qualifying For The Programme

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

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

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


Is Smart Appropriate For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. It also helps those battling behaviour issues such as gambling or eating disorders. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.