UK SMART Recovery (UK SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping and self-harming.
SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’.
There is no single approach to recovery that is right for everyone. Research into various recovery methods and therapies suggests that mutual aid can help recovery and so can treatment – a combination of the two is probably even better for many people.
SMART Recovery helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery. This is the SMART Recovery 4-point programme:
- Building and maintaining motivation
- Coping with urges
- Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- Living a balanced life
People can stay with SMART as long as they wish. There is no requirement to make a lifetime commitment to the programme, just to their recovery and leading a healthier life.
Catalyst partners with UK SMART Recovery and provide meetings for people who want to access our services. Joining the meetings is simple –
- Call Catalyst on 01483 590150 to make a referral to the Integrated Services in Surrey (ISIS) team
- Have a short personal assessment by a member of the Catalyst team
- You will then be able to access all SMART meetings across Surrey any day or time within the week
SMART Recovery Peers and Champions
Peer Facilitators are people well into their recovery (2 years) and are ‘giving back’ to help others who have the kinds of problems they have overcome themselves. We are currently looking for Peer Facilitators in Surrey – have a look at the details.
Champions are professionals in the field who may not have had personal experience but have a good and healthy understanding of the problems faced with dependence.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator then please contact us for training and support for your journey.
it’s just great, everybody is just the same as me and we help each other”