Introducing SMART Recovery
About Smart Recovery
We help people recover from addictive behaviour and lead meaningful and satisfying lives.
Our approach is secular and science based; using motivational, behavioural and cognitive methods. We run a network of self-help meetings and are also partner with care professionals.
- Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
- Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and focussed on open discussions.
- Supports the use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments where appropriate.
- Can be used to tackle any form of addictive behaviour, including drugs and alcohol, gambling.
- Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
How to Recognise an Official UK Smart Recovery Meeting
All UK SMART Recovery meetings are run by trained facilitators who have completed the training course and received a certificate. They register their meeting with UK SMART Recovery and it is publicised on the MEETINGS page of this website.
Online meetings are also provided by trained facilitators, which are advertised on the COMMUNITY page in the ‘Welcome to SMART online’ thread.
If a meeting is not advertised on the UK SMART Recovery MEETINGS list or COMMUNITY page, it maybe that it is a closed meeting which occur at some Partnership sites and are for clients only, or that the meeting has not been registered. If you are attending an open meeting which does not appear on either the Peer-led or Partnership list, please ask the Facilitator to register the meeting with us.
UK SMART Recovery cannot accept liability for meetings that are being run by anyone who has not completed the official UKSR training and received a certificate of completion.
This information is given to ensure people seeking recovery are, able to make an informed choice about which meetings to attend.
SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and so on. SMART stands for ‘Self-Management and Recovery Training’.
SMART began in 1994 in the United States. It has grown into a worldwide network of self-help meetings, both face-to-face and online, where participants can get help from others in recovery. SMART operates as a non-profit organisation in many countries including the United States, the UK, Canada and Australia.
There is no single approach to recovery that is right for everyone. Research into various recovery methods and therapies suggests that mutual aid can help recovery and so can treatment – a combination of the two is probably even better for many people.
SMART Recovery helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.
This is the SMART Recovery 4-Point Programme:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation.
- Coping with Urges.
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours.
- Living a Balanced Life.
People can stay with SMART for as, long as they wish too. There is no requirement to make a lifetime commitment to the programme, just to their recovery and leading a healthier life.
Many people find that continuing to participate in SMART after they have recovered helps them avoid lapses or relapses. Some will volunteer to train as Facilitators and set up further meetings. Others simply continue to attend meetings and share their experiences with others.
Within SMART, labels are not thought to help with recovery and are avoided. People are not called ‘addicts’, ‘alcoholics’, ’druggies’, ’overeaters’, ’sex addicts’ or other disparaging labels within meetings.
SMART Recovery will not be able to help with every kind of problem, and participants are encouraged to seek professional help when needed.
There are degrees of addictive behaviour and almost everyone will experience this, to some degree, at some point in their life. For some, addictive behaviour will overwhelm their life and SMART Recovery can be an important and effective part of their recovery journey.