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Spotlight on ... SMART Recovery

Published: 21 May 2018 Tags: SMART Recovery, Louise McIvor By John Walding

This week we chat to Louise McIvor from the team to find out a little bit more about the regular SMART Recovery sessions we run from our Richmond Street Community Resource Centre.

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. It is a 4 point programme looking at building motivation, managing thoughts and feelings, coping with urges and living a balanced life. The approaches uses cognitive behavioural therapy tools and offers practical strategies to deal with any type of addictive behaviour.

Who is it aimed at?

SMART meetings are open to anyone, no matter if you are just starting to contemplate the idea that you want to change an addictive behaviour to those who have been in recovery for a long time and wish to maintain this. The group is mutual support so people who attend will gain from hearing the stories/advice of others. You can join the meeting whenever you like and we always have new faces who can just sit and listen in their first meeting if they wish. The SMART meeting here at LGBT Foundation is specifically for the LGBT community which makes it pretty special and empowers people to be able to share without fear of judgement and with others who understand exactly what they are going through.

Is there anything else that people need to know?

If people want to know more about SMART and the tools they can check out the SMART recovery website https://www.smartrecovery.org.uk/about/introducing-smart

There are online meetings that people can attend and training that members can access in order to become facilitators themselves.

SMART can be used along with any other model of support and you do not have to use SMART exclusively so if you attend a twelve step programme you may still find that SMART offers you something to use alongside this.

Where do you meet and where can people get more info?

We meet in the Group room at LGBT Foundation at 6 - 7:30 pm every Thursday, there is no need to book you can simply turn up but if you have any questions please contact me louise.mcivor@lgbt.foundation