SMART Recovery Basics

A Brief Introduction to SMART

While some paths to recovery offer formalized, sequential steps to complete, SMART Recovery relies on The 4 Points, or four key areas where an individual might need to focus in order to make and maintain change. These can be addressed simultaneously, or in whatever order feels most logical to the individual.

Number 1


Building and Maintaining Motivation

Number 2


Coping with Urges

Number 3


Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

Number 4


Living a Balanced Life

As helpful as The 4 Points have been for many people, the foundational principle of SMART Recovery is written into the motto: “Discover the Power of Choice”. Each individual is empowered to explore different ideas and make the changes they feel would benefit them.