SMART Recovery Australia

Our Vision

Make SMART Recovery accessible to all people living in Australia.

Our Purpose

Empower Australians with practical skills, tools and support to manage addictive behaviour.

Our Social Impact

SMART Recovery Australia helps people help each other to manage addictive behaviours for the improvement of the community’s health and social well-being.

Our Values

Acceptance

We engage with the unique circumstances of each individual

Integrity

We honour our values and principles

Respect

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

These organisational principles guide our work:

  • Evidence based: All our programs are based on scientific evidence and we encourage ongoing evaluation.
  • Innovative: We encourage creative development of our programs in line with new evidence.
  • Collaborative: We welcome opportunities to work with others to achieve common goals for people.
  • People-centred: People who have lived experience are central to guiding what we do.

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.