SMART Recovery Australia

Run online and in-person meetings that support you to achieve behaviour change goals around alcohol and drug use, or other addictive behaviours.

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What they do

SMART Recovery is a group program offering a supportive environment for people to achieve behaviour change goals of their choice around alcohol & other drug use, or any behaviours of concern.

Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

SMART Recovery meetings are free and run weekly for 90mins. Each meeting is guided by a trained facilitator. Meetings are available online or in-person.

Who they’re for

Their programs are available for anyone in Australia wanting to change their behaviours around drugs, alcohol or other addictions.

How it helps

SMART Recovery is guided by trained peers and professionals who have experience in substance misuse. The program revolves around scientifically-proven strategies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools.

Their programs are based on four key steps: building motivation, coping with urges, problem solving and lifestyle balance.

They can help by:

  • ​​Provide social, emotional and practical support by building cognitive and coping skills as well as a sense of community
  • Support problem solving and action planning (each participant works towards an individualised seven-day plan)
  • Encourage active coping and practice
  • Grow self-esteem
  • Build and expand social networks beyond addiction service-related settings/reduce social isolation.

What programs they provide

SMART Recovery runs free weekly online sessions for 90 minutes. You can also access weekly in-person meetings. You can find your nearest in-person meeting here.

How to get started

To get started with SMART Recovery, head to their website and select 'online' or 'in-person' meetings from the top 'our services' menu option.

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