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SMART Recovery Australia – About Us

Strategic Statements

Our Vision

SMART Recovery is accessible and relevant to all.

Our Purpose

Provide accessible evidence-based tools to help people manage addictive behaviours.

Our Social Impact

SRAU empowers people to help themselves and each other manage addictive behaviours for the improvement of the health and social well being of the community.

Our Values

Acceptance

We engage inclusively with the unique circumstances of each individual

Empowerment

People are the expert in their own recovery and have the power to choose to change.

Integrity

We honour our values and principles

Respect

We acknowledge people’s thoughts, feelings, choices, experiences, beliefs and privacy.

Our Principles

Self-Management

People can manage their own behaviours

Mutual Aid

People learn best from each other

Choice

People choose their own goals, skills and tools.

Evidence Led

All our programs are based on scientific evidence and we encourage their on-going evaluation

Innovation

We encourage creative development of our programs in line with new evidence

Collaboration

We welcome opportunities to work with others to achieve common goals

Person Centred

People with a lived experienced are central in guiding what we do.

Harm Minimisation

SMART Recovery Australia supports harm minimisation. Read our position statement here.

Strategic Directions 2019 - 2022

History

The first SMART Recovery group started in the USA in 1994. SMART Recovery commenced in Australia in 2004. It was piloted and trialled at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital to offer the community another recovery treatment option.

The pilot program’s success allowed SMART Recovery Australia to become an independent non-profit organisation in 2007. It also enabled SMART Recovery Australia to expand the scope of the program to all addictions, not just alcohol and other drugs. SMART Recovery Australia expanded nationwide at that time.

Our Scorecard

About SMART Recovery in Australia

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'beSMART' Family support training for AOD professionals - Sydney - Oct 30, 2019

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