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Smartlife Sefton

Supporting Recovery in Southport

About Smartlife Sefton

We use SMART RECOVERY as a source of support because, if it wasn’t for UK SMART RECOVERY, there would be no Smartlife Sefton and you would not be looking at this site for support, or any other reason as it wouldn’t be here! We also produce our own stuff and are lucky to have access to some of the best Self-Empowerment Bloggers on the internet.

The idea of Smartlife Sefton is to provide ongoing support for people who have been unlucky enough to have been rocked by an Addiction or Mental Health Issue.

We will support people who struggle with Addiction, Mental Health or just want a bit of extra support during difficult times... we DO NOT provide One to One Consultations, Medical Treatment, Medications or Counselling. We provide social support, weekly support meetings and online support. The information on this website should never substitute professional advice and consultation. Before making any medical or health care decision you should consult with a doctor or another medical professional.

Smartlife Sefton Recommends and actively promotes all parts of the SMART Recovery 4-Point Programme however; we are not part of UK SMART Recovery or the SMART Recovery Organisation and have no business connection with either entity. You can learn about SMART Recovery on our site or visit UK SMART Recovery.

By using the SMART Recovery Programme which is secular and science based; using Motivational, Behavioural and Cognitive Methods we will support you and send you on a Recovery Journey.

There is a lot of background to this idea and I could go on for ever about it… but so not to completely bore you I shall keep it short. But there again it is your choice whether you read it all or not – do you see where this indecisive situation starts to form? Let’s just get on with it.

I have been in the Mental Health and Alcohol Services for some time now and it has taken a long time for me to finally except that I have a drink problem – this is highlighted mainly because of my Mental Health so with finally realising that these two don’t quite get on, I have eventually concluded that I did need to sort one out. This decision was quite simple in the end… it comes down to choices… everybody has them about everything. I had to choose which issue to grab by the horns and sort out. Easy it could only be the alcohol as I had originally chosen to go down the route where I did not choose to end up under the Mental Health Services.

Anyway, that decision was made and at this moment in time I can tell you that it was made on 15th January 2016 and today it’s 31st March 2017 so I am proud to say that “I am heading for 19 months’ sober. Finally, I decided about something and kept to it and yes I do believe I’m proud of that achievement and hope it continues successfully for the foreseeable future.

So, after the so-called swings and roundabouts I have decided to do something useful with my time. In 2015 I completed the Smart Recovery Training and then started facilitating Smart meetings in Southport.

This gave me a new focus and one meeting became 2 then became 3 and this led to what I called Smart Southport.

In July 2016, I had an opportunity to deliver a couple of Smart meetings in Waterloo and Bootle, which I agreed to do.

Now this head of mine started going into overdrive and I thought OK we’ll take on the whole of Sefton and there we have Smart Southport expanding into Smartlife Sefton.

It’s only a name, not some major company or charity, but it could have the potential to expand more and become a Recovery Hub/Venue. We don’t have anything like that in Southport or surrounding areas. Liverpool have The Brink which is amazing.

Despite being a growing trend, recovery cafes are still in short supply in the UK. Besides the Brink, the other recovery cafes that are available in the UK are - London (Paper and Cup), Henley (Towards Recovery Cafe in Henley), Blackburn (Cafe Hub), Glasgow (Nerd Cafe) and Edinburgh (Serenity Cafe).

In March 2015 Russell Brand open his Recovery Café Trew Era Café, in Hackney.

How cool would it be for Smartlife Sefton to open one in Southport during 2017 – This dream could become reality.


This project wouldn't be happening or even dreamt about without the support of the following:
Don Rimmer
I am very lucky to have My Father and the support that is handed to me. So, Dad I say "Thank you for everything. By rights this wouldn't be happening without your ongoing Support, Advice, Parenting Skills and Friendship - I can't thank you enough xxxx"
Lifeline Project
"Lifeline Sefton was part of the Lifeline Project which is a registered Charity and registered Company with forty years’ experience of managing Drug and Alcohol Services and Criminal Justice Expertise. I thank all the staff that were at Lifeline Sefton for their Ongoing Support and Encouragement, without that I wouldn't be doing what I am doing today. Sadly, the Lifeline Project lost the contract for the Sefton Alcohol and Drug Services and now it runs under Ambition Sefton, which is a Mersey Care Service."

Sandgrounder Radio
"Loads of cheerful support from these guys, especially Neil Newton, Andy Hilbert and Dave Turley. I have known them for a few years from various other radio stations and they have kept me company through the tough times of my life. You do a grand job guys. You can listen to Sandgrounder Radio Here"
UK SMART Recovery
"Whether it be just SMART Recovery or UK SMART Recovery it does not matter. Both sites have lovely supportive members and have lots of online meetings that you can attend with no pressure what's so ever. Doing the Facilitators Training was probably the best thing that I have done, especially if I can make Smartlife Sefton my legacy."

Bertie, Family and Friends... 
I Thank everybody who has given me encouragement and support in the past and present as I maintain my recovery which is heading for 19 months on 16/08/17 and Bertie, "to you he may be a dog... to me he is a member of my family."



To the best of my knowledge all information contained within smartlifesefton.co.uk is accurate, unbiased and factual; but information from this website should never substitute for professional advice and consultation. Before making any medical or health care decision you should consult with a doctor or another medical professional. You should not self-diagnose, addiction can be very complex, and you deserve the best chance at success over your illness.

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Smartlife Sefton provides links to other websites as a service to its users. Reference from this website to any external website, document, entity, product, service or information does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Smartlife Sefton or any of its sponsors. We are not responsible for the contents of any "off-site" web pages referenced from this server. Although Smartlife Sefton includes links to sites including or referencing good collections of information, Smartlife Sefton does not endorse ANY specific products or services provided by public or private organisations. In addition, Smartlife Sefton does not endorse the views expressed by such sites, nor does Smart Sefton warrant the validity of any site's information or its fitness for any purpose.

Disclaimer of Liability

Smartlife Sefton does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process represented on this site.

"Smartlife Sefton values, recommends and actively promotes all parts of the SMART Recovery 4-Point Programme however; we are not part of UK SMART Recovery or the SMART Recovery Organisation and have no business connection with either entity.

Updated August 2017

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