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…

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…

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