What to expect at a SMART Recovery Meeting
When trapped in an addictive behaviour it is possible to become isolated and you may be thinking that no one else understands what you are going through. At a SMART meeting you will find people who will understand and have experience and success in dealing with these difficulties.
SMART Recovery Meeting Overview
All SMART Recovery meetings are run by trained facilitators and follow a standard structure.
They are usually held weekly and last for 90 minutes (check individual meeting details).
New participants are welcome to just observe if they are not yet comfortable discussing their own issues or contributing to the meeting.
The focus of the meeting is on the addictive behaviour and not on the substance itself. We also concentrate on present and future (setting goals), we do not focus on the past (no life stories!)
We use evidence-based tools and techniques (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing)
There is no fee to attend a SMART Recovery meetings, though some may ‘pass the hat’ to collect donations (to cover room hire and material etc).
In most cases there is no need to book in advance. Any change to this should be noted on the individual meeting details. If attending your first meeting we recommend that, if the Facilitator has provided a contact telephone number, you call in advance to ensure the meeting will definitely be running on the date/time you plan to attend (in case of sickness/holidays)