SMART Recovery – Train to be a Facilitator

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North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force are offering training in SMART Recovery.

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What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery delivers evidence informed peer-led community meetings to help people wanting to change problematic behaviours including:

  • addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling etc.

The SMART Recovery is for anyone who wants to achieve recovery and live a balanced and satisfying life.


Become a SMART Recovery Facilitator

The process is straightforward. It involves initial online training, followed by face to face facilitator skills training.

Online training takes approximately 20 hours to successfully complete. This provides a basic understanding of the meeting structure and how the tools are used in SMART Recovery. Online training is followed with face to face, practical demonstrations. these provide the opportunity to practice facilitation skills in a safe place with the support of your peers in a realistic situation. As part of the training you will get ongoing support to address any issues that you may encounter.


Overview of Training Programme

Table of SMART Recovery Training


If you are interested in the SMART Recovery training or just wish to know more please contact Darren at for further details. The cut-off date for confirmation of training attendance is Friday the 14th of June 2019.

What is the SMART Recovery Programme?

SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The programme aims to help individuals who want to change their problematic behaviour, including addiction to:

  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • cigarettes
  • gambling
  • food
  • shopping
  • Internet and
  • other addictive behaviours

and achieve recovery, live a balanced lifestyle and lead meaningful and satisfying lives.

SMART Recovery uses tools and techniques that are derived from science based psychological interventions, including Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM). It is based around a 4-point programme which forms the foundation and building blocks of SMART. Many of the tools and techniques can be used not only for the individual’s recovery journey, but to help them deal with future problems and achieve more satisfaction and balance in their life.

The four points are: –

– Building and Maintaining Motivation

– Coping with Urges

– Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours

– Living a Balanced Life


What makes SMART different?

Evidence-informed peer-led community meetings provide a welcoming and non-judgemental space. These meetings are structured, focusing on the important work of recovery. They are led by trained facilitators and empower participants to explore the SMART Recovery tools and programme with the support and challenge of others.

SMART is secular and advocates personal choice. People make a choice to engage in problematic and addictive behaviours. They can also make a choice to stop. Everyone has the power of choice and can choose to change unhelpful or harmful behaviours.

People are not their behaviours so language like ‘addict’ and ‘alcoholic’ is not used. People seeking recovery are empowered to choose what works best for them, from a ‘tool box’ of methods demonstrated in meetings and training materials.

Participants are free to engage with other services or mutual-aid groups which they find helpful; there is no single pathway to recovery. Once a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle is achieved, participants are free to move on and pursue other goals in their life.


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