Group work is an effective exercise for recovery treatment. Participants gain insight into their problems through group sharing. Also, they learn practical skills of how to maintain sobriety from one another. Those who join can form a new network of safe recovering friends. WE CARE's educational and therapy programmes target at relapse prevention, emotional management or addiction awareness education.
Our popular programmes include the following:
SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training.
Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering support group in addiction recovery. Participants learn psychological tools for recovery based on the latest scientific data drawn from outcome research on addiction treatments and observational studies of 'natural recovery' and participate in a worldwide community that includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
It is a secular programme that helps people to recover from all types of addiction (substances or activities). SMART Recovery supports individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviours, by teaching how to change defeatist thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term fulfilment and quality of life. This approach reinforces self-reliance and self-directed change.
SMART Recovery is a recognised resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Over 1700 weekly group meetings led by Registered SMART Recovery Facilitators are held worldwide. Each meeting is 90-minutes long and consists of checking-in, agenda-setting, group discussion, and checkout.
WE CARE offers weekly SMART Recovery support group meetings for our registered members. Our meeting is also listed under the SMART recovery website, as well as the SMART International website. Our facilitators are Registered SMART Recovery Facilitators.
Interested participants are required to undergo an interview.
Kindly email NoorSida@wecare.org.sg if you are interested in joining SMART.
The Women's Therapy Group is a weekly group meeting for women in recovery. It provides a safe space to share their stories of struggle and hope. The group also helps to reintegrate the participants into the community, and re-establish relationships with their loved ones.
Topics covered range from dealing with difficult emotions, relationships and self-care, to learning skills towards relapse prevention. The sessions are engaging and interactive. Over time there is an increased openness within the group as women gain confidence to share their experiences and provide feedback to one another.
In July 2017, our Women’s Therapy Group was featured on Channel NewsAsia (CNA).
Interested participants are required to undergo an interview.
Those who are interested should contact NoorSida@wecare.org.sg
Anger is a powerful and often, misunderstood emotion. It is a basic and natural human instinct. Unfortunately, how we cope with and respond to anger might be problematic. Our aggressive responses cause us problems. One ineffective way of coping with anger is to relapse back to old addictive patterns.
A.I.M. is designed specifically to help recovering people who have difficulties managing their anger or expressing their negative emotions constructively. This skill-based programme allows participants to develop a new set of coping behaviours to convey their needs effectively and manage their response to anger.
12 Steps is a set of principles that guide the recovery of those who suffer from a substance or behavioural addiction. The 12-step recovery programme encourages members to practice Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness (H.O.W)— a key to sobriety and serenity. The collective sharing process helps newly recovering people to manage their impulses. Studies show that addicts who follow the 12 Steps programme were three times more likely to be alcohol or drug-free following their primary treatment, compared to those who did not.
This educational workshop aims to help family members of those struggling with addictions. During the session, family members gain insight into the behaviour and issues of the recovering individual. They learn about how to support the individual on their path of recovery effectively, identify the emotional and psychological barriers involved and create more realistic expectations of the recovering individual. Most of all, family members learn how to take care of their own emotional and mental needs, and where to seek support, during these challenging times.
WE CARE has started a new support group called “Family and Friends Support Group”. Facilitated by WE CARE counsellors, this group is meant for spouses, partners, family members or friends affected by an addicted loved one.
"Family & Friends" teaches effective strategies for self-care and how to cope with the recovering addict. The support group focuses on changing the way you interact with the recovering loved one. Using the CRAFT Model and SMART Recovery tools, we will touch on important topics that family members and friends experience, including:
The goals for "Family & Friends" are
"Family & Friends" is scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm to 830pm, at WE CARE, Wisdom Room.
The group has been meeting since August 2018 but you can join in at any time.
If you are an affected family member or friend and you wish to attend "Family & Friends", contact Sida at 6547 5459 or NoorSida@wecare.org.sg to register.
SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. All facilitators are registered SMART Recovery Facilitators.
SMART is an ongoing closed group and caters to individuals with a history of addiction. Interested participants are required to undergo a clinical intake before attending SMART Recovery.
If interested, please email email@example.com
When : Every Thursday 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Serenity Room at WE CARE
Mindfulness For Recovery
Mindfulness for Recovery is an open group to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps participants to break away from their own destructive habitual patterns. All facilitators have personal experience practising mindfulness. This group is catered for people with a history of addictions, reactive behaviours and/or mood disorders.
When : Friday, 630pm to 730pm
Venue: Courage Room at WE CARE Community Services
To register: call 6547 5459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org