online SMART Recovery meetings

Online addiction support meetings

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West QLD has partnered with SMART Recovery Australia to offer online SMART Recovery addiction support meetings for people in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland area. SMART meetings use evidence-based tools to empower people to take control of their addictive or problematic behaviours associated with alcohol and other drugs, gambling and others. 

4-point program

1. Build and maintain motivation
2. Cope with urges and cravings
3. Manage thoughts, feelings and behaviour
4. Lead a balanced life


- Weekly group meetings
- 100% online
- Run by a trained facilitator
- Practical and evidence-based recovery tools


- Focus on behaviour, not substance
- Self management
- Harm minimisation
- No labels ('addict', 'alcoholic', etc)


- Recovery journey defined by you
- Healthy, happy and meaningful life
- Deeper relationships with yourself, family & friends


Meetings take place every Friday,  10:00am – 11:30am

These online meetings are only available to people located in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland area. To register, please contact Karen: kmoran@lifelinedarlingdowns.org.au


"I have been attending SMART Recovery meetings for the past 15 months as part of my recovery from an ice addiction. The CBT based focus of SMART has helped me remain abstinent by assisting me to identify strategies that I can use to combat cravings and triggers, and to develop plans to deal with troubling situations as they arise.:
"Since attending SMART Recovery meetings I have learnt a range of tools to assist me in managing my drinking. I have been able to explore the psychology surrounding my drinking habits, analyse when I am susceptible to binge drinking, evaluate the consequences of such actions and set clear, definable goals which I actively work towards each week."

Frequently asked questions

Participants aren’t required to appear on camera, the meetings are conducted using a combination of voice and the text chat box feature. 
Yes. Our meetings focus on the BEHAVIOURS, and not the substance – meaning they are suitable for any problematic or addictive behaviour – including alcohol, drugs, gambling, as well as eating disorders. 
The group lasts 90 minutes and there are no breaks. It is a mutual-aid interactive group where people are all there to help themselves and help each other. People report back on how their last week has been, discuss the agenda item they have put forward and what their plans are for the coming week. The SMART Recovery tools are taught and used during the meeting.
No. Our meetings are completely free. 

Our online meetings are best accessed via laptop or desktop computers. As well as using audio, the meetings encompass a text chat box feature that isn’t visible for mobile and tablet users. If the facilitator needs to mute everyone’s audio, the chat box is the only way to communicate – which means mobile are unable to participate. If you must attend using your mobile phone, please ensure there is no background noise. Additionally, in order to access the meeting, mobile and tablet users will need to download the GoToTraining app and must contact head office at least 4hrs prior to the meeting to receieve the meeting ID number.


Jane Doe

Lifeline SWQ SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitator

Daniel Raffell

SMART Recovery Australia National Program Manager
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