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Utilising SMART Recovery

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SMART Recovery is another organization that assists addicts beat their habit worldwide. People with other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from SMART.

People suffering from addictions and behavioural problems can be treated with the help of Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). Getting a connection to your inner feelings is what the program advocates for when someone is trying to stop addiction.

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


New methods on emerging scientific evidence to help with addiction recovery are continuously updated by SMART.


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


Features Of Smart

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. The addicts get the help they need through the guidance of the help of the professionals. Later, these members are trained on how to overcome the behaviour on their own. 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 4 Part Programme

The recovery handbook provided by SMART details every step of the 4 point program. To help the recovering user remain clean, the handbook also contains tips and exercises that can be used.

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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  • Creating And Keeping Up 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 methods that help refocus attention, patients are taught how to control the cravings.
  • Another thing they learn is how to stop believing nonsensical thoughts about taking the substance.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • The desires to go back to the drugs can be eliminated by controlling your emotions, feelings and the activities you take part in and this is outlined in the third point.
  • The feeling of loneliness and despair can be contained by the addict themselves.
  • Living A Life That Is Balanced
  • 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.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • People are taught how to make plans for the future and set realistic goals.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

The SMART 4-Point and the 12-Step programs do share some similar approaches. Both programs have been designed for recovering alcohol and drug users by working through a series of assignments to overcome their addiction. In both programs, the identity of the members remains protected. There are success stories associated with both these programs.

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. Such labels are considered to be discouraging and ineffective. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. 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. Participants of SMART are encouraged to approach the process of recovery by gaining control over their lives.

There is always help for participants in both the 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.


Graduating From The Recovery Process

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

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.


Is Smart Right For You

Anyone suffering from any addiction can benefit from SMART. People with other compulsive behaviours such as eating disorders and gambling can also benefit from this program. Benefits can also be derived by people who are suffering from mental disorders, which are co-occurring such as depression.