Utilising SMART Recovery support-groups

Learning About Smart


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART has also proved to be helpful for people with concurrent conditions such as comorbid depression or anxiety.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

Members get to minimise and even stop their addiction when on the SMART program.


SMART continually updates its techniques, which are based on present-day scientific achievements related to recovery from addictions.


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

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


How Smart Is Utilised

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. 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

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. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Getting And Remaining Interested
  • One will definitely recover if they personally wish to.
  • 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
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • Using distraction techniques and other methods, the participants learn how to deal with their cravings.
  • This can also help them deal with some of the negative beliefs that cause them to use.
  • 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 patients learn how to love and appreciate themselves and how to tackle stressful situations and feelings of helplessness.
  • Living A Balanced Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • One can overcome the addiction faster if they try as much as possible not to relapse and use the drugs.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • People are taught how to make plans for the future and set realistic goals.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

There are certain common areas in SMART and 12-step programs. Overcoming the addiction is the main objective of the two types of programs. Both programs are private in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

The approach to what addiction is about is one of the differences in these programs.

The people that are dependant on the drugs are not said to be "addicts" in the SMART program. SMART views these "labels" as demeaning and not productive. In SMART, recovery is for a set time, not a lifetime. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

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. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. In the words written in the SMART Recovery Handbook, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same situation."


Qualifying For The Programme

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.

In the final stages of recovery participants will begin to experience overall self-control over their lives and will no longer feel tempted to use the drugs again, and this is a belief which is held by SMART.

Participants of SMART when they have reached the final stage will be considered as having the skills needed to maintain a sober life.


Will Smart Suit You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. This program is also beneficial for people who have addictive behaviours in any capacity and these behaviours could be compulsive like gambling and eating disorders. Smart is also used to treat underlying mental health problems such as depression.