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What Is SMART Recovery

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Although 12 step programs are more common, SMART has proven to be a good alternative to these group programs. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

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.

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


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


This means that in SMART you will find methods being used that have been shown to be more effective.

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 Is Utilised

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. Well-trained voluntary servants help participants examine particular behaviours to find weak spots which need special attention. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. In order to teach these skills, SMART applies methods borrowed from motivational enhancement and cognitive behaviour therapies. Members learn these skills with the help of a 4-point program.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

The 4 point that are followed are clearly outlined in the programs manual. The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

The 4-points do not constitute a Program. 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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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • Achieving recovery that lasts will depend on whether or not the recovering addict is willing to remain sober.
  • This may involve the addict taking a look at the disadvantages of using the drug versus the advantages of staying sober.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • 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.
  • The myths about the desires to use the drugs are also eliminated.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings And Behaviours
  • In point three, one is taught how to bring the mind, emotions, and actions under control to avoid yielding to cravings and falling back to drug abuse.
  • The feeling of loneliness and despair can be contained by the addict themselves.
  • Living A Good Life
  • Choosing to live without depending on drugs is a huge step in life.
  • Long term recovery requires that you learn how to live your life without the addictive substance.
  • At this point, the recovering user will need to make a note of the things that matter to them.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Distinctive Features To 12 Step Programmes

There are certain common areas in SMART and 12-step programs. In both cases, the recovering users try to overcome their addictions by getting past some challenges. Both programs are private ones, which means that each participant 's identity stays within the group. There are success stories associated with both these programs.

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

In a SMART program, the participant is neither considered an "addict" or a "patient." The reason why these labels are avoided is because they are seen as counterproductive and even discouraging. In SMART, recovery is for a set time, not a lifetime. Participants can consider themselves as graduated from recovery to begin a new and a healthy life.

People in need of help resist joining a 12-Step program because they do not want to feel helpless or surrender to God. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Graduating From The Recovery Process

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.

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


Is Smart Right For You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. 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.