“There are various approaches to recovery and SMART Recovery is just one...What is important is to find the one that suits you, and fits best” (MacGregor & Herring, 2010)
SMART stands for 'Self Management and Recovery Training'. SMART is a science-based mutual aid programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour.
There are many paths to recovery. Research into various recovery methods and therapies suggests that mutual aid can help recovery and so can treatment – a combination of the two is probably even better for many people
The SMART Recovery approach
SMART began in 1994 in the United States. It has grown into a worldwide network of self-help meetings, both face-to-face and online, where participants can get help from others in recovery. SMART operates as a non-profit organisation in many countries including the United States, Denmark, the UK, Canada and Australia. In the past two years SMART has been operating face to face meetings in Bray through BCAT's efforts. Irish online meetings are not yet available but you can attend online meetings through the international sites.
SMART Recovery helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques which are derived from Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivation Enhancement Therapy.
The four point programme focuses on:-
People can stay with SMART as long as it is helpful to do so. There is no requirement to make a lifetime commitment to the programme, just to recovery and leading a healthier life.
Many people find that continuing to participate in SMART after they have recovered helps them avoid lapses or relapses. Some will volunteer to train as Facilitators and set up further meetings. Others simply continue to attend meetings and share their experiences with others.
Within SMART, labels are not thought to help with recovery and are avoided. People are not called ‘addicts’, ‘alcoholics’, ’druggies’, or other disparaging labels within meetings.
While we are building up our section on SMART Recovery on this website feel free to go to www.smartrecovery.ie for more information. The Resource section is full of interesting information SMART and on the tools to assist you move through the programme.
Monday 10.00AM - 12;30 PM, 2.00 - 4.30 PM
Tuesday 10.00AM - 12:30 PM, 2.00 - 4.30 PM
Wednesday Drop In Closed (U18s Keyworking Only)
Thursday 10.00AM - 12;30 PM, 2.00 -4.30 PM
Friday 10.00AM - 12;30 PM, 2;00 -4.30 PM
Saturday 12.30PM - 3.30 PM
Wendesday 2.00PM - 5PM
Please note BCAT's Dublin Road Drop in will open on all Bank Holiday Saturday from 12.30 to 3.30pm
One to One Keyworking Meetings will run from Monday to Friday from 10AM to 1pm & 2PM to 5PM in both Offices with the excepion of Wednesday mornings in our Boghall office
Our needle exchange service will run as normal Monday to Friday in Boghall.
If you are in crisis you can contact us on 012764692 or on firstname.lastname@example.org