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Knowing What Smart Is


Although 12 step programs are more common, SMART has proven to be a good alternative to these group programs. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, an international organization that offers help for people battling addiction and associated disorders. SMART helps the patients focus on the root causes of their addiction as well as their thoughts and feelings, and by addressing them, they learn how to control and take charge of their lives.

SMART also helps their members learn how to handle their strong urges to take the substance of their abuse and control the desire for life.


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


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.


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. Well-trained voluntary servants help participants examine particular behaviours to find weak spots which need special attention. The patients then learn how to take mastery over those negative habits. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. A 4-point program introduces the recovering users to these methods.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

The 4 point program is unlike step programs, which have been designed by other organizations. Participants have the option of tackling a specific point in any order depending upon the needs they have.

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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • 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 triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Using distraction techniques and other methods, the participants learn how to deal with their cravings.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings And Behaviours
  • Point 3 educates participants about the need to prevent relapse by an examination of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can lead to drug use.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • Living A Sober And Balanced Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • It is, therefore, essential that one learns how to live a fulfilling life that is also drug-free.
  • Understanding what matters to you is also very key and this is stated on the fourth point.
  • People are taught how to make plans for the future and set realistic goals.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

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. In both programs, the identity of the members remains protected. People attending any of the programs have been able to beat the addictions and stay sober.

The meaning of overdependence on the drugs is what tends to be the contradicting factor between the two set of programs.

The people that are dependant on the drugs are not said to be "addicts" in the SMART program. Such labels are considered to be discouraging and ineffective. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. 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. It is the willingness of a person to overcome the dependence that is used in the SMART program.

Helpful support is, however, provided by SMART and the 12-step programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. 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."


Recovery Completion

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. Though some may fall back to addiction, SMART does not look at this as a given in the recovery of individuals.

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.

They go back to a normal life where they don't have to use drugs.


Is Smart Suitable For You

Anyone suffering from any addiction can benefit from SMART. The addiction to food and betting can also be suppressed by this technique. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.