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SMART Recovery Treatment

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A popular alternative just like Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step group is SMART. 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. 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.

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 regularly updated to provide strategies researchers find most efficient.

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 Works

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. 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. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. SMART uses psychological therapy to train on how to control behaviour. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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The Four Point Programme

Each point of the 4-point program is described in detail in 'The SMART Recovery Handbook'. To help the recovering user remain clean, the handbook also contains tips and exercises that can be used.

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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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • One will definitely recover if they personally wish to.
  • The participants can compile a list of their priorities and compare the costs and benefits of using the substance versus not using them.
  • Coping With The Urges
  • Point number two addresses cravings and what brings them 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.
  • Restraining Feelings, Thoughts, And Behaviours
  • The third point explains how to prevent relapses by studying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that result in use of drugs.
  • Managing difficult feelings like depression and self-acceptance are also learned by the participants.
  • Living A Good Life
  • 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.
  • At this point, the recovering user will need to make a note of the things that matter to them.
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

Comparing Smart And 12 Step Programmes

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 12-step programs. Overcoming the addiction is the main objective of the two types of programs. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. People attending any of the programs have been able to beat the addictions and stay sober.

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. In SMART, recovery is for a set time, not a lifetime. Participants can proceed with their normal lives after 'graduating' from recovery.

The 12-step program is not considered voluntarily by many people because they do not prefer to believe that they are powerless against their addiction or giving themselves away to a higher power. SMART encourages the members to take control of their lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. It's up for the particular individual to decide which one will be most helpful 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."


Recovery Completion

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. SMART doesn't consider relapsing as something that has to happen although it does concede that it can happen.

By the time one is graduating from a SMART program, they are fully confident they can tackle life with no risk of relapsing into drug use.

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


Is Smart Appropriate For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. The feeling of desperation is another complication that the SMART program helps.