About SMART® Recovery

SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviours, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.

SMART Recovery® offers support to individuals who have chosen to change an addictive behaviour. SMART Recovery® teaches individuals how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and behaviour and to work towards long-term satisfactions and quality of life.

SMART Recovery® was formed in 1996.  Today, SMART offers free, face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART sponsors more than 500+ face-to-face meetings around the world, and 16+ online meetings per week. SMART Recovery® meetings take place in the community, correctional settings and online. In addition, our online message board is an excellent forum in which to learn about SMART Recovery® and seek support.






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SMART Recovery® is based on evidence influenced, cognitive - behavioral methods, particularly Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). SMART believes a persons religious or spiritual convictions are a personal matter that can be helpful, but are not a necessary component of recovery. SMART teaches people practical, proven self-management and recovery skills.
What to Expect at a SMART Recovery® Meeting

The SMART Recovery® Meeting Outline

Pre-Meeting: Some groups may choose to run a half-hour pre-meeting to introduce the program to newcomers, answer questions, etc.

1. Opening Statement and Welcome
  • (The opening may be read by the Facilitator or another group member.)

2. Check In
  • Ask each participant
  • What good has happened this week? (successes)
  • What continues to be a struggle? (items for the agenda)

3. Agenda Setting
  • Prioritize items on the agenda

4. Coping with Activating Events
  • Focus on SMART’s Four-Point Program:
                   1. Building Motivation
                   2. Coping with Urges
                   3. Problem Solving: Activating Event, Beliefs, Consequences
                   4. Lifestyle Balance

5. Homework
  • Each topic on the agenda may have a self-improvement exercise that can be completed at home.
  • Homework can be selected by the facilitator or suggested by someone else in the group.

6. Summarizing and Closing
  • This section can be done by the Facilitator or another member.

8. Pass the Hat
  • Meetings are FREE
  • Some meetings will pass the hat other meetings may have a donation box.
  • SMART Recovery accepts donations to cover meeting costs.

7. Socializing
  • Some SMART Recovery Meetings offer the opportunity to socialize after a meeting.
  • Announcements; exchange of phone numbers; sell publication; questions and answers; sign court cards; general socializing.


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 our program -- achieving lifestyle balance and leading a fulfilling and healthy life. These tools include:

- Stages of Change
- Change Plan Worksheet
- Cost/Benefit Analysis (Decision Making Worksheet)
- ABCs of REBT for Urge Coping
- ABCs of REBT for Emotional Upsets
- DISARM (Destructive Images and Self-talk Awareness                        & Refusal Method)
- Hierarchy of Values
- Brainstorming
- Role-playing and Rehearsing
- USA (Unconditional Self-Acceptance)

Tools and articles can be found in SMART Recovery® on-line library.