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Griffith youth searching for ways to overcome addictive behaviours now have greater access to help.

Justice for Youth (J4Y), in partnership with Griffith City Council, Griffith CDAT and St Vincent’s Community Private Hospital, will support young people overcome problematic behaviours with nine (9) new SMART Recovery facilitators now ready to offer practical advice.

SMART Recovery is a FREE group program assisting individuals overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, internet games and others.

SMART is a self-managed and recovery treatment where participants own their recovery pathway.

“Guided by qualified facilitators, participants aged 12 to 18 years help themselves and help each other using practical skills, tools and supports to manage their addictive behavior, improve their health and social wellbeing,” Sister Tricia Johnson said.

“Motivating young people to support each other in a group setting increases the chance of positive lifestyle choices.” 

Starting 17 June the group will meet weekly on a Monday evening at 5pm at PCYC. During the 90 minute meeting participants focus is on their behaviours, identifying goals and setting their own achievable plan for the week ahead.

The aim is to always look forward and not think about the past, instead taking small achievable steps to reach their identified goal.

“The SMART Recovery program has an 83 per cent success rate and we look forward to rolling out the youth focused program,” Sister Johnson said.

The first evening will begin with a BBQ. For all inquiries from participants, parents and carers please phone 0437 257 755 or 0409 913 167.

The training was funded by Griffith City Council, St Vincent’s Community Private Hospital, Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation and the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

Youth SMART Recovery support program

Every Monday at 5PM till 6.30PM at PCYC

Some of the tools and techniques you’ll use to help manage your addictive behaviours include:

  • Identifying the pros and cons of problematic behaviour
  • Recognising triggers, beliefs and consequences
  • Coping with craving and urges
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Evaluating areas of importance