To close out the resounding success of SMART Recovery Australia’s 2017, we held a small gathering at our head office in Woolloomooloo, for a few reasons: first, to welcome our new Board members, Jenny, Tania, and Andrew, and to celebrate all the massive achievements made by our facilitators, trainers, peers and participants over the course…

This week, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed a shocking statistic: more Australians are misusing pharmaceuticals than any illicit drug, bar cannabis. Of course, we know from our meeting statistics that the “big three” substances linked to harmful addictive behaviour for quite some time have been alcohol, ice (or other amphetamines), and prescription…

When you think of Portugal, you might think of their dominant national football team (or the dominant personality of their star player, one Cristiano Ronaldo), charcoal chicken, or, for people with a historical bent, the foundation of the first global empire. However, for us, Portugal provides a guiding example of forward-thinking, person-centred drug policy. In…

SMART Recovery Australia doesn’t discriminate between harmful addictive behaviours. At any of our meetings, you’re statistically most likely to encounter people with problems surrounding alcohol consumption, but the consumption of illegal drugs, gambling, gaming, sex and pornography are prevalent in SMART Recovery groups across Australia. In our modern hyper-connected world, one rather recent development is…