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From both sides: Participant and facilitator perceptions of SMART Recovery groups

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Introduction and Aims. The Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) program provides facilitated

    mutual aid for people with addictions. To date, little research has examined SMART Recovery. This paper examined participant

    and facilitator perceptions of the helpfulness of cognitive behaviour therapy tools in SMART Recovery groups. SMART Recovery’s

    strengths and areas for improvement were also explored, as well as overall participant satisfaction with SMART Recovery. Design

    andMethods. This exploratory study was conducted as part of the first national survey of SMART Recovery in Australia. Paper

    surveys were posted to all registered SMART Recovery groups for participants. SMART Recovery facilitators were emailed a link to

    an online survey. Results. Overall, satisfaction with SMART Recovery was moderate to strong. Participants and facilitators

    perceived the cognitive behaviour therapy tools incorporated within SMART Recovery to be helpful. Participants and facilitators

    nominated the group experience and the SMART Recovery tools and strategies as helpful aspects ofSMART Recovery. Participants

    and facilitators were concerned with improving public knowledge about SMART Recovery groups, updating the structure and

    content of SMART Recovery groups, and increasing training for facilitators. Discussion andConclusions.SMART Recovery

    displays strengths as communicated by those who utilise its services. However, there are opportunities to continue to improve

    SMART Recovery. Updating the training for facilitators and increasing communication between SMART Recovery Australia’s

    head office and its facilitators may serve to improve service delivery. Future research should focus on examining the efficacy of

    SMART Recovery groups on participant outcomes.[

Authors


  •   Kelly, Peter James.
  •   Raftery, Dayle (external author)
  •   Deane, Frank P.
  •   Baker, Amanda (external author)
  •   Hunt, David (external author)
  •   Shakeshaft, Anthony (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Kelly, P. J., Raftery, D., Deane, F. P., Baker, A. L., Hunt, D. & Shakeshaft, A. (2017). From both sides: Participant and facilitator perceptions of SMART Recovery groups. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36 (3), 325-332.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84973351683

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 332

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Introduction and Aims. The Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) program provides facilitated

    mutual aid for people with addictions. To date, little research has examined SMART Recovery. This paper examined participant

    and facilitator perceptions of the helpfulness of cognitive behaviour therapy tools in SMART Recovery groups. SMART Recovery’s

    strengths and areas for improvement were also explored, as well as overall participant satisfaction with SMART Recovery. Design

    andMethods. This exploratory study was conducted as part of the first national survey of SMART Recovery in Australia. Paper

    surveys were posted to all registered SMART Recovery groups for participants. SMART Recovery facilitators were emailed a link to

    an online survey. Results. Overall, satisfaction with SMART Recovery was moderate to strong. Participants and facilitators

    perceived the cognitive behaviour therapy tools incorporated within SMART Recovery to be helpful. Participants and facilitators

    nominated the group experience and the SMART Recovery tools and strategies as helpful aspects ofSMART Recovery. Participants

    and facilitators were concerned with improving public knowledge about SMART Recovery groups, updating the structure and

    content of SMART Recovery groups, and increasing training for facilitators. Discussion andConclusions.SMART Recovery

    displays strengths as communicated by those who utilise its services. However, there are opportunities to continue to improve

    SMART Recovery. Updating the training for facilitators and increasing communication between SMART Recovery Australia’s

    head office and its facilitators may serve to improve service delivery. Future research should focus on examining the efficacy of

    SMART Recovery groups on participant outcomes.[

Authors


  •   Kelly, Peter James.
  •   Raftery, Dayle (external author)
  •   Deane, Frank P.
  •   Baker, Amanda (external author)
  •   Hunt, David (external author)
  •   Shakeshaft, Anthony (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Kelly, P. J., Raftery, D., Deane, F. P., Baker, A. L., Hunt, D. & Shakeshaft, A. (2017). From both sides: Participant and facilitator perceptions of SMART Recovery groups. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36 (3), 325-332.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84973351683

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 332

Volume


  • 36

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom