It looks like a very good approach. It seems to be an outgrowth of Rational Recovery. Here are the first three questions in the FAQ on the website:
Q. What is the SMART RecoveryŽ program of recovery?
A. The SMART RecoveryŽ approach to recovery is summarized in the Four-Point program.
SMART RecoveryŽ teaches how to:
1) Enhance and maintain motivation to abstain
2) Cope with urges
3) Manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
4) Balance momentary and enduring satisfactions
Q. What does SMART RecoveryŽ stand for?
A. SMART RecoveryŽ is an acronym that stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.
Q. What is addictive behavior?
A. Addictive behavior is over-involvement with substance use (e.g., psychoactive substances of all kinds, including alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, food, illicit drugs, and prescribed medications), or over-involvement with activities (e.g., gambling, sexual behavior, eating, spending, relationships, exercise, etc.). We assume that there are degrees of addictive behavior, and that all individuals to some degree experience it. For some individuals the negative consequences of addictive behavior (which can involve several substances or activities) become so great that change becomes highly desirable.
One of the things I want to do later here on OL is an overview of the different recovery approaches. With that in mind, I only want to state one restriction I have about what I have read so far.
This seems like an organization into AA bashing, which is prevalent among non-religious-based approaches like Rational Recovery, Stanton Peele, etc. I find this to be tiresome. I was not active here in the USA, but I have no doubt that I would have lost patience with the bashing other organization approach had I sought them out for treatment.
In the 12 group (NA) I used for drug addiction, there was on guy who insisted that white sugar was one of the roots of all evil, and that used to tick me off terribly. I didn't feel that I was there because I overdosed on sugar. (Nowadays, I am one of those inconvenient dudes who does not eat sucrose, but that has nothing to do with my initial irritation.)
The point is, I was there for treatment of my problems, not listen to a litany of evils about some other organization that was helping people like me.
This is a minor point, but it is still there.
Another point where I differ is with the disease concept. Smart Recovery makes a blanket statement that addiction is not a disease. Twelve-step groups make a blanket statement that addiction is a disease.
I sometimes wonder if government money is involved in this issue...
In my concept, there are many kinds of addiction and different parts of the mind are affected. Some of these addictions and parts of the mind involve disease and others involve the equivalent of bad habits. There is a wide range in between and the whole spectrum has to be dealt with.
Addiction is more complicated than one-size-fits-all. That is, except for one condition. This condition fits all. The addict must stop his/her destructive behavior.
In short, ANYTHING that makes an addict stop is good. That means AA, NA, Rational Recovery, Stanton Peele, Smart Recovery, Hazelden, cold turkey - anything. (Strangely enough, despite the drawbacks, Scientology has a halfway decent recovery program called Narconon.)
So with these two restrictions in mind, the AA (12 step) bashing and the blanket stance on addiction not being a disease, what I read so far is VERY GOOD.
If you are an addict or alcoholic and reading this, I highly encourage you to visit the Smart Recovery site. This just might be the approach that will work for you and save your life. If it doesn't resonate with you, however, that's OK. Just go somewhere that does - including AA or NA if need be. Your life is the important value, not any theory.
You are important and don't ever forget that.
As I learn more, I will write more.