SMART Recovery


The SMART group facilitated by CHAI SMS staff is held in the friendly surroundings of the Health Agency, within The Healthy Living Centre, in Wester Hailes. Those participating can come along early & grab a hot drink at the cafe if they want or a glass of water before heading in to the group.

Our group has remained quite a small group – typically around 4 or 5 individuals. As a facilitator I really enjoy the informal but structured approach which SMART uses – CBT & REBT is so helpful addressing all sorts of challenging thoughts associated with unhelpful behaviours such as drink or drug use.

A favourite tool of mine is the decisional balance tool which helps with decision making – it allows the individual to objectively weigh up the pros & cons of the decision to be made; it promotes informed choice. One individual, who no longer attends the group, liked this tool so much he was using it regularly for all sorts of situations – from managing thoughts of using to whether or not to buy new trainers! For him it helped him resist an impulsive action by supporting him to think it through – something we can all benefit from!

To look at the tools and other articles to do with recovery & addiction go to:

The Healthy Living Centre
30 Harvesters Way
EH14 3JF

Mondays 11am – 12:30pm


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