What is SMART Recovery?

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to 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

What to expect at meetings


Participate in weekly 90-minute meetings run by a trained facilitator.


Focus on the addictive behaviour, not the substance itself.


Identify your goals and set your own achievable plan for the week ahead.


Concentrate on the present and future, not the past. (No life stories!)


Learn evidence-based tools and techniques from CBT and motivational interviewing to apply to daily life.

4-Point Program

In each group session, you’ll gain useful skills to help you:

Some of the tools and techniques you’ll use to help manage your addictive behaviours include:

  • Identifying the pros and cons of problematic behaviour
  • Recognising triggers, beliefs and consequences
  • Coping with craving and urges
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Evaluating areas of importance

About the SMART Recovery program in Australia

The following document provides an outline of the SMART Recovery program, including some evidence and research supporting its benefits for addiction treatment. It also details our meetings, the history and reach of SMART Recovery in Australia, participant testimonials, as well as the difference between SMART and 12 Steps.

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