These program points are all geared toward the objective of gaining self-control over behaviors, which helps promote self-reliance, thus empowering the individual to conquer their addiction. Where the 12-step program of A.A. teaches members that their addiction is a life-long disease over which they have no power, the SMART Recovery program helps participants achieve self-directed change by encouraging them to believe that they can recover from addiction. For individuals who wish to take ownership of their lives and responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, the SMART Recovery program resonates.
The SMART Recovery program is based on the belief that people can gain control over their own lives. SMART teaches techniques that help participants achieve self-directed change while taking responsibility for their actions. By establishing new healthy habits and thought patterns SMART Recovery gives members the tools to succeed in recovery. It encourages individuals to believe that they can recover from addiction through their own efforts.
The SMART Recovery program is not only geared to helping individuals struggling with a substance use disorder. In addition to helping recovering addicts, SMART Recovery’s four program points also assist those with behavioral addictions, such as gambling, spending, sexual, eating disorders, and self-harm.