Rapper 360’s slow, tentative recovery from addiction began on the floor of the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay. It was January 2015. He was part-way through a 16-date tour of regional Australia, travelling the country with a half-suitcase of clothes and a half-suitcase of painkiller medication. “I should be dead. I should definitely be dead,”…

SMART Recovery is a free group program assisting people with all forms of addiction, including dependence on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, and even shopping. So what is it about hitting the shops and buying stuff that makes us so happy? Psychologists have likened shopping to an escape from ‘real life’, that’s similar to the pleasure…

Following a thorough four-year study involving NSW inmates, the SMART Recovery program (and its prison-adapted equivalent, Getting SMART), has proven to significantly reduce reoffending rates. The study and resulting paper, Getting SMART, SMART Recovery© programs and reoffending, was carried out by the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology, in conjunction with Corrective Services…

Binge or daily drinking increases your risks of developing alcohol dependency, the clinical term for alcoholism. Eventually, if you continue these behaviours, you will develop noticeable mental and physical changes indicating that you need to consider finding support of professional help. For free addiction support in Australia, locate your nearest SMART Recovery meeting here.  Author: Richard…