SMART Recovery for Treatment Professionals

Use SMART Tools in Your Profession and Community

At SMART Recovery, we believe that individuals with addictive problems need to know there are multiple pathways for change. If you work in the behavioral health treatment industry and feel the same way, we want to talk with you!

What SMART Recovery offers your clients:

  • 24/7 access to online recovery information, a message board, and chat.
  • An ever-growing network of free local and online meetings.
  • Choice: participate in SMART Recovery, or 12-Step, or both.
  • A science-based and non-religious alternative to other methods.
  • SMART Recovery Handbooks and other publications available in a variety of languages.

Individuals under your care can interact with SMART Recovery on their own using these resources and methods, or they can participate in treatment that is informed by SMART Recovery.

SMART provides training for professionals, either online or face-to-face, individual or group, depending on your needs.

You can use our program to supplement your professional skills and approach to addiction recovery, and/or you can volunteer with SMART Recovery in a variety of ways. Learn more about volunteering.

Get started with our Facilitator Training (CEUs available) our Professional On-Site Training (call our National Office at 866-951-5357 for information and scheduling), or contact our National Office with questions.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program®

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) helps individuals gain independence from addictive problems (involving substances or activities). Our approach incorporates tools based on evidence-based addiction treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves.

Our program 4-Point Program®:

  • Building and Maintaining Motivation
  • Coping with Urges
  • Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
  • Living a Balanced Life

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SMART Recovery Tools

A variety of tools and techniques is employed for each of SMART’s 4 Points. Our program is abstinence-based. We also welcome those considering, but not yet committed to abstinence. Point 1, Building and Maintaining Motivation, can help individuals determine whether to choose an abstinence recovery path. Newcomers are invited to attend several SMART Recovery meetings to gain an understanding of the program and tools, and to enhance their motivation to determine whether to pursue abstinence.

Program tools include the Cost/Benefit Analysis, the Change Plan Worksheet, Hierarchy of Values, ABCs of Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (for both urge-coping and emotional upsets); DISARM (Destructive Imagery and Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method); Brainstorming; and Role-playing/Rehearsing.

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Training Options For Counselors & Recovery Facilities

Facilitator Training: We provide training on the SMART 4-Point Program® through our Facilitator Training. Click here to learn more.

On-Site Training for Professionals: Would you like to quickly bring your rehabilitation or counseling center staff up to speed with SMART Recovery? We offer professional on-site training for groups of 12 or more. Click here to request info.

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SMART Recovery for Courts & Corrections

SMART Recovery works with correctional institutions worldwide to provide SMART Recovery meetings for inmates, as well as mutual support meetings for those returning to the general population.

Our FAST Distance Training Program prepares counselors, officers, and drug court officials to run SMART Recovery meetings.

SMART Recovery works equally well with male and female populations, lowers recidivism rates, and complies with First Amendment case law by making secular programming available to offenders.

You can find information about our correctional outreach efforts and offerings by visiting our Courts & Corrections page.

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SMART Recovery for Veterans & Veterans Administration Facilities

VA facilities find it beneficial to offer SMART Recovery meetings to their clients. We invite VA staff to join in our Distance Training and start SMART Recovery meetings at their facilities.

To learn more about providing SMART Recovery in your facility, please contact us at

SMART Recovery’s MAT/OAT Behavioral Care Support Program

Do you have clients who take prescribed medication, or who would benefit from medication as part of their overall treatment; or, more specifically, opioid agonist therapy (OAT)? Are you interested in learning more about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for your practice? SMART Recovery offers a variety of educational resources about MAT.


Our stance on MAT: SMART meetings have always welcomed people who appropriately use prescribed medications (i.e., for treatment of mental health conditions, initial withdrawal from substance use, and recovery from addiction).


If you are a treatment professional, please click on the link below to learn more about the SMART Recovery MAT/OAT Behavioral Support Program.


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Gauge Your Clients’ Progress with SMART Resource Activity Scale (SRAS)

Assess your clients’ level of engagement with SMART Recovery activities and beliefs.
Understand and address your clients’ obstacles.

Engage would-be participants to join SMART Recovery® and treatment, highlighting potential benefits of treatment.