Recovery Groups

SMART at ESRA

We offer all our clients who are ready, the opportunity to participate in a 10-week SMART course. In this group we look at the tools which can help clients to self-manage their recovery.

Once this has been completed, clients can drop into our SMART group on a Friday to revisit the tools and receive ongoing support.

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a programme that provides training and tools for people who want to change their problematic behaviour, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, internet and others.

Guided by trained facilitators, participants come to help themselves and each other using a variety of motivational tools and techniques.

The 4-Point Programme is the foundation and building blocks of SMART.  Many of the tools and techniques can be used not only for their 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

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.

What our clients say

  • For reasons mainly to do with health, I haven’t been to many Peer Support meetings in the last 10 weeks – including today because I have an appointment with the surgery – but I hope to change that shortly.
  • The meetings ‘ground’ me: sometimes through another client saying something inspiring/helpful, sometimes through appreciating the difficulties that others are facing while remaining clean/sober and always through the sense of camaraderie and shared experience. And the staff members add an awful lot to the mix.
  • The groups helped us to learn about our triggers, where they stem from, how to avoid them and how to overcome them. Our shared experiences were invaluable in this process.
  • By talking about various difficulties at various stages of recovery, both giving and gaining advice and hope with others more and less experienced.
  • Checking in with people, time and space to reflect.
  • Keeping focus. Friends in group. Fab support from staff.
  • Talking to like minded people. Making me aware that I have to be on my guard and not complacent. Listening. Staying sober.
  • The support is unreal, these guys really do know my full story and have helped me every single step of the new journey I am on. 

Peer Group

We run a Peer group every Wednesday morning which is a drop in session and is open to everyone, offering peer to peer support.

Online group

Every Thursday morning contact Stacy on 01424 435318

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