Often, people with personal and social problems of abuse, criminal and violent behaviour engage in activities and social meetings where substance use and crime is the main element.

The destructive practice is typically associated with the perception of fun, fellowship and community, and drug intake can be seen as a prerequisite for engaging in the social environment. Therefore BreatheSMART works on stimulating participants’ senses and gives the experience of inclusion, community and closeness, without being affected by alcohol and drugs.

The people who come to Breathe SMART network together and new participants are naturally welcome. Often, we engage them in shared activities and support, which are all important steps to encourage the community to work. Stronger participants and those who have demonstrated a commitment to their practice are also encouraged to be involved in prevention outreach programs and assist in future Breathe SMART courses and training.