About SMART Recovery Meetings

Come with a purpose, leave with a plan


What is SMART Recovery?

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.

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

SMART Recovery is a registered health promotion charity and a non-profit organisation

What to expect

  • Weekly meetings
  • 90minute duration
  • Run by trained facilitator
  • Focus is on the addictive behavior and not on the substance itself
  • Goal setting: Set your own achievable plan for the week ahead
  • Concentrate on present an future, not on the past (no life stories!)
  • Evidence-based tools and techniques (cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing)

Meeting guidelines

  • Respect
  • Confidentiality
  • One person talking at a time
  • Non judgmental
  • No ‘drug talk’
  • Mobile phone off
  • No intoxication
  • Remain in room for the duration of the meeting
  • No children allowed

Meeting format

  • Check-in (how has your previous week been?)
  • Discussion (using CBT tools & techniques)
  • Sharing solutions (mutual aid)
  • Checkout (plan for next seven days)

4 Point program

  1. Enhancing and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Lifestyle balance

Some of the tools and techniques to help you manage addictive behaviors include

  • Pros and cons of problematic behaviour
  • Triggers, beliefs and consequences
  • Craving and urges
  • Goal setting
  • Areas of Importance

SMART Recovery online

  • Visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au to:
  • Locate your nearest meeting
  • Contact head off
  • Learn more about the program
  • Purchase manuals
  • Download worksheets and resources
  • Join the Online Community

How To Become A Meeting Facilitator

SMART Recovery Australia provides professional training courses for peers and professionals wanting to become SMART Recovery facilitators and start new groups in the community.
If you are interested in becoming a SMART Recovery meeting facilitator or would like more information, please contact head office.