Citation and Abstract Beck, Alison K.; Forbes, Erin; Baker, Amanda L.; Kelly, Peter J.; Deane, Frank P.; Shakeshaft, Anthony; Hunt, David; Kelly, John F. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 31(1), Feb 2017, 1-20. Clinical guidelines recommend Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) and 12-step models of mutual aid as important sources of long-term support for…

Giving people the tools to take control of addictive behaviours is the foundation of a free community program being delivered in Newcastle. SMART Recovery Australia and Mission Australia want to spread the word that help is available for people struggling with addiction, such as dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling. Lee Sanders is Mission Australia Newcastle’s…

An extensive report on addiction in America has just been released by the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health discusses the severity of drug and alcohol addiction in the U.S., calling for sweeping reform in health care and criminal justice policies relating to addiction.…

Australia tops its fair share of lists, including hosting the deadliest animals on earth and, perhaps paradoxically, some of the world’s most livable cities. But the country also tops the charts on an indicator that is far more insidious: gambling losses. Last year, Australians lost $17.5 billion, or about $949 per adult. These per capita…

Addiction to alcohol, drugs, eating, the internet, gambling, cigarettes – you name it – can take its toll. This kind of over indulgence has ruined many lives over the years but the good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Just ask Rachel McLaughlin, who is the volunteer coordinator of…

Max* was savouring a cigarette in the sun when he received a phone call telling him not to pick up his seven-year-old daughter Karen* from school. It was October 2015 and it was the head of Canberra’s Child, Youth and Protective Services on the line. “She was saying ‘I’ve got your daughter, there’s no need…

What is addiction? For the majority who have strong opinions on the matter, addiction is a disease. In fact it’s “a chronic relapsing brain disease” according to the American National Institute on Drug Abuse. This definition, born of the marriage between medicine and neuroscience, is based on the finding that the brain changes with addiction.…

Clare Bowditch from Afternoons on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne sat down with SMART Recovery Australia National Program Coordinator, Josette Freeman, to discuss the SMART Recovery program, the fact it’s a growing alternative to AA meetings, and why addiction should not a be considered a disease.    

There are over 175 SMART Recovery meetings happening every week across Australia, giving thousands of people free access to ongoing addiction support. Here are the latest SMART Recovery meetings to open their doors over the past three months.  To locate your nearest SMART Recovery meeting in Australia, click here.   NSW   170 George St, Liverpool, NSW,…

I shot heroin and cocaine while attending Columbia in the 1980s, sometimes injecting many times a day and leaving scars that are still visible. I kept using, even after I was suspended from school, after I overdosed and even after I was arrested for dealing, despite knowing that this could reduce my chances of staying out…

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