Quitting For Keeps: The SMART Alcohol Recovery Program

A not-for-profit organization, SMART Recovery promotes self-help procedures for abstinence against substance abuse. SMART Recovery aims to help its participants be more proactive.

This program is actually inspired by REBT or Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. People behind SMART, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, strongly believe that the solution may very well come from changing human behavior.


SMART also helps raise awareness and empower people based on the concept of CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT considers addictive behavior not as a disease but a complex maladaptive behavior. This means that recovery may be achieved through personal initiatives. The cure is from within, with strong motivation and faith to free one’s self from alcohol addiction. Needless to say, the main purpose of the organization is to help people gain control over their addictive behavior through the 4-point program, which is based on the following:

  • sustaining motivation
  • controlling the urge to use
  • dealing with problems effectively
  • leading a well-balanced lifestyle

Members of SMART are one of the following:

  • People who participate in recovery meetings, read newsletters, and join discussion groups that are facilitated by the organization
  • Non-professional volunteers who act as coordinators by organizing SMART groups
  • Professional advisors, or behavioral health professionals who guide the coordinators
  • The Board of Directors and Committees who are responsible for the programs and policies observed by SMART

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