Family & Friends

SMART Recovery Family and Friends provides support and tools for people who are affected by the addictive behaviour of someone close to them. The programme aims to help participants develop more effective coping strategies and find a greater sense of fulfilment in their own lives.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a 14-topic programme, which addresses four main issues: –

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  4. Living a balanced lifestyle

More information about the Family & Fiends Programme, how to find a meeting and access training can be found here

SMART InsideOut

InsideOut™ is a psycho-educational group work programme, delivered within our partner organisations, it provides supervised offenders with a solid grounding in SMART Recovery® and a hands-on experience of mutual aid. The approach is therapeutic but emphasises on learning SMART tools and skills, allowing their use for long term support within peer led UKSR meetings.

The programme is a more ‘rounded’ approach than many other addictions focussed psycho- social programmes used in prison, covering everything from motivation through to living a balanced life.

InsideOut™ is designed to be led by prison officers, probation officers, drug workers, education staff or other professionals who have some experience of group-work and have completed the UKSR ‘Recovery Champion’ training.

InsideOut™ aims to support recovery from addiction, though it adds a specific focus on criminal thinking errors and the anti-social behaviours that are often glorified by offenders – dealing drugs, stealing, fighting, using guns and manipulating people through power and intimidation. This focus is entirely consistent with the UKSR emphasis on accurate thinking and building a well- rounded and ‘pro-social’ lifestyle.

InsideOut™ is designed to correct thinking errors that lead to poor self-control, addictive behaviour and criminal behaviour. Criminal thinking errors may be exacerbated by impaired problem solving, improper goal setting, lack of empathy, poor social perspective taking, egocentricity, rigid thinking, lack of critical thinking and impulsivity.

Cognitive Behaviour methods teach offenders to challenge their own antisocial thought patterns by incremental insights that these ways of thinking are counter to their own long term interests. Tools focussed on well-being and therapeutic lifestyle change encourage a more balanced lifestyle that is more rewarding in the longer term compared to addictive and criminal behaviours.

The mutual aid approach aims to build a social sub-group of the supervised population who reinforce each other’s commitment to a recovery focussed lifestyle. This enables a healthier relationship with staff and encourages participants to ‘own’ their recovery journey.

Partner organisations are provided with the InsideOut™ Facilitators Manual and sample copies of the InsideOut™ Workbook. They can photocopy hand-outs from the workbook or purchase additional copies to hand out to participants. Completion of the InsideOut™ programme is equivalent to the first half of the online training; it may also be a stepping stone for those who wish to work towards becoming a SMART Facilitator.

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Military SMART

Help with addictions and addictive behaviours is available however; military personnel, for many different reasons, often find engagement with civilian services problematic.

“Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services.” (Military Covenant)

Military SMART has been created as an extension to the popular UK SMART Recovery Program. Working in partnership with military welfare units and treatment agencies across the country, we aim to make the SMART form of mutual-aid far more accessible to our military personnel.

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Currently being piloted in England and Wales… Teen SMART is a self-help support programme, facilitated by qualified adults, which offers a place for young people to get together to try to think about and change their behaviours.

Our Teen SMART module is built on the foundations of the SMART Recovery® 4-Point Programme™

It helps to address those problematic behaviours that can so often cause harm to the individual and those around them such as; smoking, drinking, fighting and using drugs, to name but a few.

Teen SMART provides a framework which caters for need of services that support young people. It is designed to be less wordy, effectively applied and importantly, more easily understood and assimilated by the participants.

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