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SMART Recovery Treatment

Knowing What Smart Is


SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

People that are addicted to any form of drug can get the help in overcoming it using the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) programs. It trains people to suppress their dependence behaviour by making them focus on subjacent thoughts and feelings.

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.

Organizations like the National Institute On Drug Abuse And The American Academy Of Family Physicians have recognized SMART as an effective method of overcoming an addiction.


How Smart Is Utilised

As contrasted with 12-step programs that make people admit helplessness about their dependence, SMART is considered a self-empowering program. The addicts get the help they need through the guidance of the help of the professionals. 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. The participants are required to learn these skills by following a simplified four-point program.



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The 4 Stages Of Smart

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. Tips for exercising and to maintain sobriety in life are also provided by the handbook.

The 4 point program is unlike step programs, which have been designed by other organizations. 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
  • One will definitely recover if they personally wish to.
  • To help in the decision making, participants can make a list of the pros and cons of using or staying clean.
  • Overcoming The Desires
  • The second point studies the factors that trigger a craving.
  • Using methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Restraining Feelings, Thoughts, And Behaviours
  • This point shows the recovering user how to check their own thoughts, emotions and actions to keep them from falling back into addiction.
  • The patients learn how to love and appreciate themselves and how to tackle stressful situations and feelings of helplessness.
  • Living A Sober And Balanced Life
  • It needs a sudden change in lifestyle for a person to stay clean.
  • It is crucial for a successful recovery that the person learns how to live a healthy and sober life.
  • Point number four addresses what makes a patient's life valuable
  • The future is approached realistically by setting out attainable goals and milestones.

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. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. Also, with the help of both programs, lots of people have won a victory over their addiction.

Dissimilar Approaches Between SMART and the 12-Step 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. A participant can "graduate" from the recovery program at any stage and begin a new, sober life.

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. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

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. One technique may not be efficient in helping as person but it may work for another one.


Finishing Recovery

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. Despite the understanding that relapses can occur SMART does not consider a relapse as an essential part of the recovery process.

According to SMART, at the last stage of recovery, the participants already have complete self-control and don't feel temptation to use drugs anymore.

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


Is Smart Suitable For You

All types of dependence on drugs can be completely eliminated using this program. 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. 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.