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Getting SMART: Moderate Intensity Substance Abuse Program and SMART Recovery



Getting SMART is a 12 session substance use program available in both Queensland (Qld) custodial centres and the probation and parole service. It teaches offenders to use cognitive behavioural therapy principles, theory, tools and techniques to abstain from any type of addictive behaviour (substances or activities).

Participants who have completed Getting SMART can attend the SMART Recovery program. SMART Recovery performs a maintenance function for offenders who have been assessed at moderate to high risk of offending associated with substance use. These offenders are referred to the SMART Recovery program once they have completed Getting SMART or the Pathways: High Intensity Substance Abuse program. The SMART Recovery program allows offenders to maintain the skills, tools and strategies they learnt in substance abuse interventions. It assists them to monitor and update their progress in managing addictive behaviours, and preventing relapse. It also provides an opportunity for offenders to access support from fellow participants who have similar goals.

Queensland Corrective Services abstract


Queensland Corrective Services
Head Office
Statewide Operations Directorate
State Law Building
50 Ann Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
GPO Box 1054
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3239 0596
Fax: (07) 3239 0600

Related publications

Getting SMART: moderate intensity substance abuse program and SMART Recovery [information for offenders and their families] (2009)

Queensland Corrective Services

Getting SMART: moderate intensity substance abuse program and SMART Recovery [information for staff and stakeholders] (2009)

Queensland Corrective Services


Last updated: 26 June 2017
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