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Addiction Support Group to commence

A support group for people struggling with addictions, SMART Recovery, will commence in West Wyalong on Thursday, August 1.
SMART Recovery Australia is a community based self-help group program to assist people in addressing their addictions and associated behaviours including alcohol, drugs, gambling, overeating, internet, shopping and more.
Some of the associated behaviours include anxiety, anger, depression, loneliness and boredom. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools and techniques and teaches the participants practical and useful strategies to help people manage their urges and problem solve. It is a 90 minute interactive group that is run by trained facilitators. The emphasis is on people’s thinking and behaviour and not on the substance/addiction. It focuses on the ‘here and now’ and people can work within a seven day framework to make it more manageable and help people to better achieve their short term goals.
Commencing on August 1, the West Wyalong group will meet at 4.30pm with more information available by contacting Mark Hilder on 0468821066.  There is no cost associated with this group and information pamphlets will be available at local churches and doctor surgeries prior to August 1.
SMART Recovery Australia was first established in Australia in 2002 at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital. They acknowledged that there was no support group for people in the community that were struggling with addictions – apart from the 12-step programs. SMART Recovery became another much needed treatment option for people. In 2007, with the assistance of a private benefactor, SMART Recovery moved away from St Vincent’s and became a non- profit health charity.
SMART Recovery has grown considerably over the years and now offers various specific programs.
Alcohol, substance abuse, gambling and other destructive behaviours are insidious in our society. SMART Recovery offers assistance to people from all walks of life who suffer from addiction and mental health issues. The group can offer people a supportive place to learn how to manage their long-term and daily stresses and anxieties and improve their coping strategies. Its aim is to help people change their negative behaviours for a better life.
For further information call Mark Hilder on 0468821066 or visit