Purpose. The purpose of SMART Recovery is to support individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.
The 4-Point Program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
SMART Tools and Techniques. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program employs a variety of tools and techniques to help individuals gain independence from addiction and addictive behaviors. Participants are encouraged to learn how to use each tool and to practice the tools and techniques as they progress toward Point 4 of the program – achieving lifestyle balance and leading a fulfilling and healthy life. These tools include:
*(REBT stands for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and is an action-oriented approach to managing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disturbances.)
Recognition. SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.