Why partner with UK SMART Recovery?

There is a growing evidence base that demonstrates engagement with mutual aid improves the long-term prognosis for people with addictive behaviours and helps prevent relapse.  SMART Recovery provides choice in mutual aid so those seeking recovery are empowered to discover what works best for them.

SMART Recovery uses psychotherapeutic techniques like those used in many treatment services in the UK.  This similarity helps SMART Recovery meetings sit comfortable alongside the treatment system and makes the transition from being a service user to mutual aid participant a natural and coherent step.

SMART Recovery offers the benefits of mutual aid and can be actively encouraged and supported by treatment providers and commissioners via a partnership model, based on a positively evaluated Department of Health funded pilot.

Through this model, treatment services can introduce service users to mutual aid early in their recovery journey.  The network of community and peer led SMART Recovery meetings provides ongoing support after discharge from treatment.

There is increasing evidence from scientific studies demonstrating that the SMART Recovery programme is effective in helping people to address their addictive behaviours (Blatch et al 2016; Baker et al 2017)

Impact of the Partnership Scheme

The UKSR Programme has been in the UK since 1998.  Most of the growth in the programme has taken place since working in partnership with the treatment sector in 2009.

Initially there were concerns that partnering with the treatment sector would undermine the focus on ‘peer led’ mutual-aid meetings, however the reverse has been achieved and working in partnership has sustained and encouraged an increase in the number of peer led community meetings.

UKSR is now working with most of the medium to large treatment providers across the UK as well as prisons, probation, rehab facilities, NHS and supported housing services.  SMART Recovery Champions have helped to grow peer led SMART Recovery meetings, which in turn has helped their service users sustain the recovery gains they achieve within the treatment services.

Intended outcomes

A vibrant and sustainable network of peer-led SMART Recovery meetings in the local community.

Improved rates of sustained recovery for people with addictions by increasing early engagement with mutual aid, strengthening the psycho-social interventions and recovery focus of your service and after-care capacity.

Further Information

Further details can be found on the ‘how it works‘ page and Guidance Documents are also available to view and download