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Every earthquake has aftershocks.

Sure, the big, ground-shaking, world-changing moments grab headlines. But what about the aftermath? What about the people who will continue to be affected by minor tremors long after the big quake has been and gone?

It’s no secret that the world we live in today is different from the one we called home six months ago. Australia has been devastated by fires, floods, a pandemic, and now we’re staring down the barrel of the biggest recession since… well, the last one.

Rightly, many of us generously gave to support those directly affected by these disasters, in a display of true mateship and Australian values.

But in the wake of all these earth-shattering events, people start to slip through the cracks. Support mechanisms that were once in place start to disappear. Little self-care habits fall by the wayside as we are faced with tragedy after tragedy.

Slowly but surely, the aftershocks start to take effect.

"You know, if you’re not going through a good time in life, sometimes you can get negative about everything, but here you would have something objective to look at, measurements or whatever, and you can sort of say: well, this is good and I’m going to keep doing it"
daughter hugging father
Shane
Rural NSW

SMART Recovery Australia provides the nation’s leading evidence-based addiction recovery program. We help our participants to help themselves. And with the world in turmoil, SMART meetings and the vital community based support for addiction recovery is harder to come by.

People who once relied on mutual aid support to stay on top of their addictive behaviours no longer have access to them. And all the stressors that can drive the best of us to destructive problem behaviours – isolation, trauma, uncertainty – seem like they just keep coming this year.

Imagine if you had a way to log your urges, set goals, track your progress and access helpful resources.

Imagine if you had the power to design your own recovery journey. You could establish your own personalised goals, your own sources of motivation, and even track and monitor your cravings while receiving real-time feedback and progress reports.

Imagine if that was at your fingertips, and in your pocket.

Luckily, SMART Recovery Australia has joined forces with the University of Wollongong (UOW) and creative agency GHO to launch Smart Track, an app that helps people manage and overcome addictive behaviours.

"I get a lot out of the planning and it keeps me accountable to myself"
Rhonda
regional NSW

Smart Track is an extension of SMART Recovery Australia’s program of weekly in-person group meetings, where people with any form of addictive behaviour – drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, the internet and more – can seek help. Normally, these meetings reach over 2,000 people each week.

“A core aspect of our SMART Recovery program is to empower people to take back control of their problematic behaviour,” says SMART Recovery Australia’s Executive Director, Ryan McGlaughlin.

“Whether it’s our app, online and in person meetings, or self-help books, the SMART program is designed to give people a toolbox of practical and evidence-based strategies they can handpick to achieve the goals of their choosing.”

UOW’s project lead, Associate Professor Peter Kelly, says, “Addiction is something that affects millions of Australians including family and friends of those with dependency every single year. Understanding is the first step towards a solution, and this app allows our team to gain a clear understanding of how addiction appears in our everyday lives.”

smart track app

Key findings from app trial

  • Participants valued technological resources for their ability to increase participants’ knowledge about upcoming group meetings.
  • The app is viewed by participants as complementary to the customisable and pragmatic nature of the SMART Recovery program
  • The digital collection of this data must not affect their privacy or interfere with group process.
  • Those undertaking a recovery process highly valued mutual support.
  • The app also contributes recent and local insights into participant perceptions of the role that group meetings play in this process.

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