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.…

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…

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.    

THE City Mission has established a Launceston support group for 12 to 25-year-olds living with addiction. City Mission youth and outreach supervisor Tyson Sim said the bulk of people referred into the SMART Recovery program were struggling with alcohol addiction. The program aims to find the root cause of the participant’s substance abuse issues and…

  Earlier this month, ABC Radio National program All in the Mind featured an episode ‘Breaking the ice’, where host Lynne Malcolm looked at how the drug ice affects the brain and what treatment works. One of her guests was Amanda Baker, who is a clinical psychologist at the University of Newcastle and studies the…

SMART Recovery Australia National Program Coordinator Josette Freeman was one of twenty industry professionals to take part in a specialised roundtable on drug-related harms, hosted by Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale at NSW Parliament in Sydney last Friday. The purpose of the event was to explore the best policy and legislation approaches to reduce…

Often the simple solutions are the most effective. In the case of Brian Harriman (pictured left) who suffers from depression and alcohol addiction, that speaks the truth. Damien Kennedy (pictured right) from the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service realised that a big problem for people with addictions was they often found themselves bored and with nothing to…

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