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SMART Recovery for Individuals with Addictions



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If you want to address any addiction or harmful habit, SMART Recovery can help. Major changes can be overwhelming. SMART’s practical tools and social supports are proven effective to support and sustain successful long-term life change.

Harmful habits include substance addictions (to alcohol and other drugs), as well as activity addictions (to behaviors like sex, relationships, spending, gambling, eating, exercise, and self-injury). No matter your harmful habit, SMART can help you change it.

SMART is not just any mutual-support program. Our science-based approach emphasizes self-empowerment and self-reliance. There’s no lifetime commitment; you decide when the time is right to move on. You choose how to personalize your own plan for successful change. SMART can be used both as a stand-alone program or in combination with other recovery paths. SMART Recovery recognizes the only one who can become truly expert on your recovery is you.

Find a SMART Recovery Meeting

SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) sponsors local meetings and daily online meetingsdaily online meetings. Also, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART and obtain support.

Please note that registration for a free confidential account is required for accessing any of these SMART Recovery Online community (SROL) resources.

SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program®

This program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the points:

1. Building and Maintaining Motivation
2. Coping with Urges
3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
4. Living a Balanced Life

People using the SMART Program:

  • Move away from addictions and toward satisfying lives
  • Learn tools and techniques for self-directed change
  • Benefit from improved tools as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves

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SMART Recovery Tools

A variety of tools and techniques are employed for each of SMART’s 4 Points, including the Cost/Benefit Analysis; 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.

SMART and Other Recovery Groups

SMART Recovery believes that each individual must find their own path to recovery. For some, that path may include 12-step programs or other self-empowering groups. Although the SMART approach differs from those of other organizations, it does not exclude them. Participants make their own choices and create their own paths.

Next Steps

Watch videos and slideshows to get up-to-speed quickly with SMART Recovery.

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Create an account to become a member of our online community and access daily online, anonymous meetings, 24/7 chatrooms, and message boards.

Helpful Podcasts

How to Overcome Addiction
in 1 Lesson

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Important Messages for the Family & Friends Community

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Preventing and Coping with Relapse

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