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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 is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

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.

People are taught skills and to manage their cravings and urges for the long-term to those who decide to participate in SMART.


If there is a new method that can improve the treatment, SMART may update the methods that are used.


SMART's current and updated techniques have been proven to provide excellent results.

SMART has been recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians as being one of the successful methods of beating dependency.


How Smart Is Utilised

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. To get to the issues that need attention, volunteers who have been trained help the participants to examine certain behaviours. Then, participants undergo self trust training, which enables them to control their dependence behaviour. Psychology and self motivation is mostly used in the treatment when using SMART program. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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The Four Point Programme

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.

SMART's 4-Point Program isn't meant to be followed one step at a time. 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
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • 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
  • The triggers behind the urge to use is what the second point focuses on.
  • Participants are taught how to suppress their cravings through different methods, including distraction techniques.
  • The myths about the desires to use the drugs are also eliminated.
  • Controlling Mind, Emotions, And Actions
  • This point shows the recovering user how to check their own thoughts, emotions and actions to keep them from falling back into addiction.
  • The participants study self-acceptance and learn to manage unpleasant feelings such as depression.
  • Living A Fulfilling Life
  • The decision to stay sober can bring about drastic changes in the lifestyles of the participants.
  • In order to achieve the goal of a successful recovery it is extremely important for participants to realize how to lead a 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.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

SMART is somehow similar to commonly known 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. 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.

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. A recovery is not an ongoing process, and this is also a belief which is held by SMART and is another 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. SMART encourages the members to take control of their lives.

You can find proper support whether you choose SMART or 12-step programs. Each person is encouraged to select the program they deem suitable to their need. As the SMART Recovery Handbook says, "What works for one individual in one situation, may fail for another one in the same situation."


Recovery Completion

Graduation from recovery is one of the special aspects of SMART. SMART doesn't consider relapses an integral part of recovery process, although it accepts that relapse may occur.

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.

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


Is Smart Suitable 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. Smart is also used to treat underlying mental health problems such as depression.