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VIDEO | National Ice Taskforce: Penington Institute CEO John Ryan endorses SMART Recovery Australia (ABC Radio National)

Last month, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a National Ice Taskforce would be established to co-ordinate local, state and federal efforts against the use, sale, manufacturing and importation of crystal meth-amphetamine. Following the announcement, ABC Radio National’s Fran Kelly interviewed John Ryan, the CEO of the Penington Institute and a member of the Victorian Ice Action […]

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SMART’s Dr. John Kelly appointed historic addiction medicine position at Harvard Medical School

  By Dr. Richard Juman via The Fix In an historic moment for the fields of addiction medicine and psychology, Harvard Medical School has appointed psychologist and SMART Recovery Research Director, Dr. John Kelly, to hold a newly-created Professorship in Addiction Medicine. An important milestone in the history of addiction medicine, it’s also a seminal moment for […]

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Peer Facilitator Training Program

SMART Recovery Australia is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation for its Peer Facilitator Training Program. About the Peer Facilitator Training Program SMART Recovery groups are facilitated by both professionals and ‘peers’ (people who are recovering or have recovered from addictive behaviours). To be qualified by SMART […]

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SMART Recovery Australia representation at conferences

The SMART Recovery Australia team has participated in and attended several key drug and alcohol forums and conferences across Australia over recent months. Here’s a snapshot of some of the events we have been a part of. SMART Recovery Australia closed 2014 with oral and poster presentations at the following conferences / forums: National Training Coordinator Josette Freeman, […]

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SMART Research published internationally

SMART Recovery Australia has established its own Research Advisory Committee, and the esteemed group has hit the ground running. The SMART Recovery Australia (SRAU) Research Advisory Committee has been established to ensure that all prospective projects for SMART Recovery Australia are evidence based, and that the latest research in addiction and mutual aid is considered. The focus […]

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SMART Recovery’s 20th birthday celebration

By Ryan McGlaughlin, Executive Director, SMART Recovery Australia It was a privilege to attend the SMART Recovery Annual conference and the 20th Anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. in September. Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (and someone who’s recovered from their own addictive behaviours), opened the conference […]

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SMART Recovery Project

SMART Recovery Australia received a small grant from the Andrews Foundation to train people in the Gippsland area of Victoria to become facilitators of the SMART Recovery addiction support programme. The aim was to give more support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this area having problems with addictive behaviours. A two-day training session […]

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SMART Recovery Australia update – New faces, clear direction

Since commencing in the role of Executive Director of SMART Recovery Australia in late 2013, it is clear to me that SMART Recovery has significant respect and goodwill with policy makers, service providers, professionals and community. The team at SMART Recovery Australia are implementing strategies to further support our SMART Recovery facilitators that are the […]

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Group Cohesion and Between Session Homework Activities Predict Self-Reported Cognitive–Behavioral Skill Use Amongst Participants of SMART Recovery Groups

Originally published in: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment April, 2015 – Volume 51, Pages 53–58 Authors: Peter J. Kelly, Ph.D, Frank P. Deane, Ph.D, Amanda L. Baker, Ph.D Received: April 14, 2014; Received in revised form: October 20, 2014 Accepted: October 27, 2014 Published Online: November 04, 2014 Article Outline 1. Introduction 2. Materials and […]

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It’s a Dry Argument: Abstinence versus Management in Addictions

An Article by Ross Fitzgerald that appeared in the Weekend Australian on the 27th of December. Both Approaches have their advocated but my experiences backs the former…. At this time of year, many Australians find themselves in trouble with the booze.  But the silly season merely accentuates what is already a massive problem. Why, then, […]

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