SMART Recovery - Self Management for Addiction Recovery

"Discover the Power of Choice!"™

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our 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.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. If you're new to SMART Recovery, get started with our introduction here.

start a self-help support group for addiction and alcohol abuse Start a SMART Recovery Meeting in Your Community

SMART Recovery meetingsWe Provide the Resources to Assist You

• Freely downloadable Meeting Facilitator Manuals
• On-line training sessions for Meeting Facilitators
• Regional Administrators are available to help
• The Central Office staff is ready to help you.

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Start a SMART Meeting in your community, or
learn about online volunteering opportunities.

4-point program for addiction and alcohol abuse Our 4-Point Program®

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program offers tools and techniques for each program point:

1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
2: Coping with Urges
3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
4: Living a Balanced Life

Our approach for addiction and alcohol abuse Our Approach

  • • Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
  • • Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.
  • • Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
  • • Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
  • • Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
  • • Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
  • • Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
  • • Differs from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.

Recognized for addiction and alcohol abuse Recognition

SMART Recovery is a recognized 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. More information here!

special thanks addiction and alcohol abuse resources Special Thanks

SMART Recovery gratefully appreciates the support of the following organizations and provides these links. If you are searching for a residential or intensive outpatient program, all sponsors listed below offer non-12 step programs.

Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Center  AToN Center

Inspire Malibu   Cliffside Malibu

Drug & Alcohol Rehab  Seasons in Malibu

A complete list of providers can be found here.

Supporters of SMART Recovery


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SMART Recovery Video Video: Welcome!

Tom Horvath introduces you to SMART Recovery and the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program.

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SMART Handbook for addiction and alcohol abuse Get Your SMART Handbook

SMART Recovery handbook for addiction recovery• Learn the 4-Point Program

• Explore the SMART Toolbox

• Learn about SMART Meetings

• Learn Practical Strategies

Visit the SMART Recovery Bookstore to order your copy or, order the Kindle version at Amazon!

Get the Kindle version and carry your Handbook with you everywhere: on your Kindle, smartphone or tablet. Or read it on your personal computer or laptop.

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addiction and alcohol abuse recovery survey results Participant Surveys

Each year SMART Recovery conducts a survey among its participants. The results can be found here.

The 2014 Stakeholders Survey can be found here.

A Chronology of SMART Recovery

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