SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery

About SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a group program that offers a supportive environment for people to achieve their behaviour change goals related to alcohol and drug use or any behaviours of concern. The program is based on a four-point program which includes building motivation, coping with urges, problem-solving, and achieving a balanced lifestyle. The program offers both online and in-person group meetings, though in-person meeting times are limited.

The SMART Recovery meetings are free and run weekly for 90 minutes at various times throughout the week. The online meetings are conducted using a combination of video (optional), voice, and the chat box feature. Each meeting is guided by a trained facilitator and uses evidence-based tools to empower individuals seeking assistance for an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, cigarettes, food, etc. Participants are guided by trained peers and professionals who use a variety of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

In addition to the regular meetings, SMART Recovery also offers family and friends support meetings for individuals who have a loved one struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other problematic behaviours.

Who is SMART Recovery for?

SMART Recovery meetings are suitable for people experiencing any problematic or addictive behaviour, including alcohol and drug use, gambling, and eating disorders. The program focuses on the behaviour itself and not the substance. It is designed for individuals who want to take control of their problematic behaviours and seek support from a community of peers and professionals. SMART Recovery is also suitable for family and friends of a loved one struggling with addiction.

Is there a cost to use SMART Recovery?

No – SMART Recovery meetings are free to attend.

How to access SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery can be accessed at

SMART Recovery Research and Evaluation

SMART Recovery is evidence-based, incorporating principles and strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Ongoing research on the efficacy of the SMART Programs is conducted by SMART Recovery Australia Research Advisory Committee. They are committed to continuous research and program evaluation to ensure program efficacy, relevance, and appropriateness for users.

Visit this page to read about the research informing and evaluating SMART Recovery