Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Dr Alison Beck and Dr Briony Larance
SMART Recovery is a mutual support group that helps people impacted by addictive behaviours. Originally developed as an alternative to 12-step approaches (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous), it employs evidence-based strategies in addiction treatment (e.g., cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing). SMART Recovery is one of the most widely accessed forms of mutual support. Developed in the United States, it is now delivered across 23 countries (e.g., Australia, UK, Russia, Haiti, India, Iran & South Korea). There are over 3500 SMART Recovery groups worldwide (attended by approx.1-million people each year), including 350 groups held weekly in Australia.
Our group have been proactive in supporting SMART Recovery nationally and internationally. We have helped to establish and lead both the SMART Recovery Australia Research Advisory Committee and the SMART Recovery Global Research Network. Led by Dr Alison Beck, our team also conducted the first systematic review of SMART Recovery.