SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training). This is a free addiction recovery support group network. It teaches self-empowerment based on scientific principles and evidence. SMART sponsors both face-to-face group meetings and daily on-line meetings.

The recovery program helps people overcome all forms of addictive behaviors. This includes those involving, alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, sex, and pornography.

4-Point Program

SMART Recovery SMART helps people through its 4-Point Program. The Program teaches specific techniques on how to

(1) Build and maintain motivation.

(2) Cope with urges.

(3) Manage thoughts, feelings, and actions.

(4) Live a balanced and fulfilling life.


SMART offers several formats for peer-networking:

  • Face-to-face meetings that are held around the world.
  • Daily online meetings.
  • Online message board.
  • 24/7 chat room.


A variety of sources have supported this non-profit program.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Roxbury Foundation.

James Hervey Johnson Charitable-Educational Trust.


As an effective and leading program, SMART for alcoholism is widely recognized as a resource for addiction recovery.

Department of Health and Human Services.

National Institute on Drug Abuse.

American Society of Addiction Medicine.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Learn more about SMART for alcohol problems. Visit the SMART website.


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MacGregor, S. and Herring, R. The Alcohol Concern SMART Pilot Project Final Evaluation Report. London: Middlesex U. Drug and Alc Res Group, 2010.

O’Sullivan, D., et al. SMART Recovery: Continuing Care Considerings for Rehabilitation Counselors. Rehab Couns Bull, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0034355214544971

SMART Recovery: Evidence of Effectiveness.


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