What is SMART Recovery?

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.


Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

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What to expect

  • Weekly meetings

  • 90minute duration

  • Run by trained facilitator

  • Focus is on the addictive behaviour and not on the substance itself

  • Goal setting: Set your own achievable plan for the week ahead

  • Concentrate on present an future, not on the past (no life stories!)

  • Evidence-based tools and techniques (cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing)

Meeting guidelines

  • Respect

  • Confidentiality

  • One person talking at a time

  • Non judgmental

  • No ‘drug talk’

  • Mobile phone off

  • No intoxication

  • Remain in room for the duration of the meeting

  • No children allowed

Meeting format

  • Check-in (how has your previous week been?)

  • Discussion (using CBT tools & techniques)

  • Sharing solutions (mutual aid)

  • Checkout (plan for next seven days)