Our mission is to make SMART Recovery available to people of every culture and in any country who want freedom from addiction using the power within themselves and support from a caring global community. To ensure that the SMART program always combines the best science and experience of recovery through training, instruction and technology, wherever we hold meetings, be they online, in cities, villages or rural communities.
SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) is an international community focused on helping its participants learn about and practice a self-empowering approach for addressing addiction. Participants address addiction by reducing or stopping involvement with the substances and/or activities of concern to the participant. The ultimate goal, even if never attained, is to gain independence from problematic addictive behavior. Options for how to change are organized under the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
- Living a Balanced Life
SMART uses a self-empowering approach. Regardless of how addiction arose, participants are supported in creating and implementing solutions that are agreeable to them and realistic in their circumstances. These solutions involve making changes in the participant’s own beliefs and behaviors, although these changes are often in service of modifying the environment. The change methods included under the 4-Point Program lie at the intersection of what is supported in the scientific literature, what is self-empowering, and what can be meaningfully discussed in mutual support meetings led by non-professional volunteers. SMART updates these methods as the scientific literature evolves.
SMART is not just a set of methods for change, but also a community of caring individuals intending to have a positive impact on one another. Each meeting is a small community, and meetings exist within larger local, regional, and online communities. Participants learn about the self-empowering approach together and demonstrate to one another how to put it into practice. For many participants their sense of community will be as important or more important than specific methods they learn.
In addition to meetings SMART offers:
- Internet-based activities
- Social activities
- Specialized meetings