SMART Recovery Groups for overcoming life challenges caused by problematic behaviour and/or addiction

Struggling with problematic addictive behaviours? The SMART Recovery Groups run by Relationships Australia might be of interest to you.

Recently, I met with a couple of the team members of Gambling Help Services at Relationships Australia (RASA). RASA run a diverse range of family, relationship and wellbeing focused programs.

One of the programs they deliver is the SMART Recovery program. The SMART program is for people who want to address addictive or problematic behaviours in their life. This could include substance abuse, gambling or gaming.

In a follow-up email from the meeting, they shared the details of a SMART Recovery group starting in the city from the 7th Feb. I’ve included the details below.

NOTE: this is not a Flinders program, but one you can access in the community. I talk about accessing community services in this post.  


SMART Recovery Groups

RASA are thrilled to announce the commencement of a SMART Recovery group in the heart of the city, starting on Wednesday, February 7th. This empowering program, facilitated by either a Gambling Help Counsellor or a Peer Support Worker, aims to provide a supportive space for individuals to overcome life challenges caused by problematic behaviours and addictions.

About SMART Recovery: SMART, which stands for Self Management And Recovery Training, empowers individuals to find the strength within themselves to make positive changes in their lives. This group offers a unique opportunity for people to come together, share experiences, and support one another in their journey towards a better quality of life.

Key Program Details:

  • When: Wednesdays, starting from February 7th
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Where: 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide 5000
  • Cost: Free of charge

What to Expect: The SMART Recovery Group focuses on three key aspects:

  1. Addressing Harmful Aspects of Your Life: Explore and confront the problematic behaviours that may be holding you back.
  2. Learning Practical Skills and Tools: Acquire valuable skills and tools to enhance your overall quality of life.
  3. Sharing and Listening: Connect with others who have lived experience, creating a supportive community that understands and encourages personal growth.

Collaboration with Vinnies Men’s Shelter: RASA would like to extend their gratitude to Steve, the new manager at Vinnies Men’s Shelter on Whitmore Square, for his enthusiastic collaboration. The sessions will take place just down the road from the Men’s Shelter at 34 Whitmore Square. Steve’s commitment to innovation and positive change for the companions (residents) during their stay is truly commendable.

How to Get Involved: If you or someone you know could benefit from this support, please contact RASA’s Gambling Help Service Intake number at 1800 934 196 or email to register.

Learn More: For a deeper understanding of SMART Recovery’s approach, visit their website at SMART Recovery Australia.


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