Last Friday, National SMART Coordinator Dan Raffell (who some of you may recognise as the Scottish bloke with fantastic hair) oversaw our first National Peer Workshop, generously sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Australia. Peer facilitators from all over the country flew in to our gleaming head office in Sydney to chat about SMART,…

Angela Argent works at SMART Recovery HQ as National Coordinator. Part of her role involves training community members to become SMART Facilitators. She facilitates her own SMART meetings in Newtown, Sydney on Fridays at 11am.   1. What do you like about SMART Recovery? SMART is strengths based, hopeful and works with people where they’re…

On the 17th of July Matt Scarce will begin a 1300 kilometre journey down the Queensland coastline. He will begin in Brisbane exactly eight years after he started recovery from years of drug and alcohol abuse and finish in Townsville. During his recovery he attended SMART meetings and today he’s a SMART ambassador. We asked…

George has been using SMART for 3 years to help him reach his substance use goals. Many of us stop using illicit drugs only to increase our alcohol use. Others use both illicit drugs and alcohol and would like to deal with them better. SMART focuses on the behaviour, not the substance. Here is George’s…

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Survey findings relate mainly to people aged 14 years or older.   Highlights from the 2016…

It’s almost six months since SMART Recovery Australia launched its National Data Collection Project, in conjunction with the organisation’s Research Advisory Committee. The aim of the project was to automate real-time reporting on every SMART Recovery meeting across Australia, to better understand the addiction landscape and how the program operated at a state and national level.…

Hugh Kilpatrick is one of Australia’s most experienced SMART Recovery facilitators. When he’s not running his Thursday night group in Melbourne’s north, he’s facilitating online meetings for SMART Recovery USA. We’re very fortunate to announce Hugh will host Australia’s first ever online SMART Recovery meeting later this month. In the meantime, we sat down Hugh to learn more about…

In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted. Dr. Alter, 36, is an associate professor at the Stern School of…

A report on whether Australia could develop safer and more effective policy in relation to illicit drugs has been released by independent public policy-focused think tank, Australia21. The report is the result of a full-day roundtable conducted at the University of Sydney that comprised of 17 law enforcement experts — retired judges, prosecutors, senior police, prison and parole administrators, drug law researchers, and advocates, including…

Requests for SMART Recovery Facilitator Training have exploded in the past 12 months – so much so – two new SMART Coordinators have been brought on to service the sector’s growing uptake of the evidence-based behaviour-change program, which this year celebrates it’s tenth birthday in Australia. “Trainings have doubled in the past 12 months,” revealed Ryan…

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