Personal experiences of attending SMART Recovery at Simpson House

Group Member 1:

“Talking to people with similar addictions. People are friendly and understanding.”

Group Member 2:

“Very nervous initially but soon felt welcomed and settled. Finding new tools very valuable-CBT based confirmed and validated much of what I already try to practise. REBT totally new, easy to learn but extremely difficult to put into practise.

"Held in quiet, comfortable area and facilitators do a great job holding the group-from 'newbies' to 'old handers', some thinking of stopping, some clean for a number of years and suffering from many types of addiction together.

"An introduction about SMART, the contract and conditions concerning the meeting is followed by a check-in. Each member can state how they are feeling or bring an issue to the group. A tool is then described and when possible linked to issue(s) brought up in check-in and discussed by the group. A final check-out and hey! –an hour and a half has passed by leaving each member much to think about, plan and do before next weeks meeting.”

Group Member 3:

“SMART can take the credit for not making me a 'bad workman', to follow the proverb wouldn’t work because SMART didn’t give me any bad tools to blame - only good ones!

"The initial introduction to meetings, sharing and contributing to the SMART group can well be daunting for some (myself included) yet there are people who thrive and respond to the meeting like 'dugs eating beetroot'. The true value of the meetings is the tools you come away with to help your recovery.

"These same tools have proved invaluable to me. Priceless. I could follow the stream used by a well known credit card company but that would be spurious.

"Each week I returned with its new problem to challenge or tackle; each tool could be used to prepare myself for the tasks ahead.

"Crisis or insignificant items were dealt with in an emotive or cognitive way, depended on how I saw the relevance of how the tools would affect the outcomes.

"More memorable occasions remind me of pushing Jeremy Clarkson off a cliff edge - if only - comfort zones and triggers to addiction. All were dealt with professionally and compassionately by the meeting facilitators, and perhaps, more crucially, by the members of the group.

"I can only struggle to remember now, the different person I was when I first attended my first SMART meeting: tool-less.

"When I most needed help, it was to be found, of all places, in Simpson House.”

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"Meetings are held in quiet, comfortable area and facilitators do a great job holding the group - from 'newbies' to 'old handers', some thinking of stopping, some clean for a number of years and suffering from many types of addiction together."

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