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A popular alternative just like Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step group is SMART. The feeling of despair can be minimised by using the SMART technique.

Self-Management And Recovery Training [SMART] are a support system for people who are dealing with addictions and behavioural disorders. It trains people to suppress their dependence behaviour by making them focus on subjacent thoughts and feelings.

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.


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


New techniques of getting rid of addiction are always added to this program to make it better.

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 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. Well-trained voluntary servants help participants examine particular behaviours to find weak spots which need special attention. The participants are thereafter given training on self-reliance to gain control over their addictive behaviour. The techniques used by SMART are different from the 12 point program and rely on cognitive behavioural and motivational enhancement therapies while imparting the training and any education. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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Smart And The Four Point Programme

Every aspect of the 4-Point program is covered in the SMART Recovery Handbook. 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. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Building And Maintaining 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.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • Point two examines the trigger which causes a craving.
  • Changing their thoughts and activities are some of the techniques used to overcome these desires.
  • They are also helpful in identifying and overcoming irrational beliefs about their urges to use the drug.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • 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.
  • It is crucial for a successful recovery that the person learns how to live a healthy and sober life.
  • In Point 4 participants are required to make an inventory about the things that are important for 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

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. Both programs have been designed for recovering alcohol and drug users by working through a series of assignments to overcome their addiction. The confidentiality of the members is also maintained in both the programs. The objectives have been realized in both of them.

The definition of addiction is perhaps different in the SMART program as compared to the 12-step program.

SMART doesn't label its participants as "addicts" or as people who have an "illness." This is because there is a lot of negativity associated with these title. SMART doesn't see recovery as a lifelong journey which is another major 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.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step programs. The recovering user will have to decide for themselves the option that suits them. As it has been wisely pointed out within the SMART Recovery Handbook "a solution which works on an individual in a particular situation may not be suitable to the other in a similar situation."


After Recovery

The unique feature of SMART is that its participants are able to "graduate" from recovery. 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.

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


Would You Consider Smart

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. Besides, it can be beneficial for individuals with other addictive behaviours, like eating disorders and compulsive gambling. 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.