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About SMART Recovery

Knowing What Smart Is

SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. SMART has also proved to be helpful for people with concurrent conditions such as comorbid depression or anxiety.

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.

Members get to minimise and even stop their addiction when on the SMART program.

As new technologies and knowledge emerge, SMART adapts their training techniques accordingly.

SMART is also involved in ongoing efforts to update its methods to provide strategies for researchers that have found them highly effective.

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 works on the premise that it is an empowerment tool in itself unlike the 12 step program that encourages the members to see themselves as helpless. SMART has trained volunteers who work with the members, helping them identify roots to their problems and habits. The recovering users are thereafter shown how to rely on themselves to curb the behaviours that lead to using. Psychology and self motivation is mostly used in the treatment when using SMART program. The participants are required to learn these skills by following a simplified four-point program.

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The Four Point Programme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program The effective methods of staying away from the drugs are also clearly outlined in this manual.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. A participant may deal with points in any order depending on what he or she needs.

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  • Building And Maintaining Motivation
  • Willing to stay sober is an important factor of success in reaching continuous recovery.
  • The participants can compile a list of their priorities and compare the costs and benefits of using the substance versus not using them.
  • Overpowering The Cravings
  • Point number two addresses cravings and what brings them on.
  • Participants are taught how to suppress their cravings through different methods, including distraction techniques.
  • This can also help them deal with some of the negative beliefs that cause them to use.
  • Participants Are Taught About Feelings 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 recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Fulfilling Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • 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
  • Setting up achievable plans is another thing that the addicts are trained to do when in the program.

4 Point Vs 12 Step Programme

Some similarities to the traditional 12-step Program will be visible in SMART. Both aim at helping substance addicted patients quit the habits. Both programs are private ones, which means that each participant 's identity stays within the group. Both programs have been successful in helping participants to overcome 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. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another difference. A participant can "graduate" from the recovery program at any stage and begin a new, sober life.

The belief in the help for a higher power is what turns off some people from joining the 12-stages program. The SMART approach is preferred by some people as it allows them to take control of their lives.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. 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."

Graduating From The Recovery Process

A SMART program is different in that its members do "graduate" from the program. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

According to SMART, the participants don't feel the urge to use at the end of the program and they have total control over their lives.

Once the SMART participants come to the last step, they have all necessary skills to live a sober life.

Will Smart Suit You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. 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. Smart is also used to treat underlying mental health problems such as depression.