Help for Family & Friends
Help yourself, and help your loved one, with an alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention.
Are you struggling with how to help someone with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or other addictive behaviors? SMART Recovery would like to provide you with the resources you can use to help yourself, as well your loved one.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training) developed by Dr. Robert Meyers and featured on the popular HBO Addiction series.
Family & Friends Online Support Meetings
SMART Recovery Online Volunteer Facilitators provide Concerned Significant Others (CSO) meetings to address specific issues encountered when a friend or family member tries to reach out and help a loved one affected by addiction.
The meetings share SMART Recovery tools that can be implemented by CSOs to help with emotional upsets, effective communication methods when dealing with loved ones, and more. Techniques employed within the CRAFT Program (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training) are shared for the benefit of meeting attendees.
Please see our meeting schedule for current online meeting days and times.
To participate in our Family & Friends online support meetings, registration is required for the SMART Recovery online community: www.smartrecovery.org/community.
Local Family & Friends Meetings
An increasing number of SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings are now available in the United States, Canada, and Denmark.
You may find local Family & Friends meetings using our Local Meeting Database, inserting your location, then using the “toggle tag filters” and selecting Family & Friends.
Enjoy these podcasts with CRAFT experts Dr. Robert Meyers and Dr. Jeffrey Foote.
Family & Friends Suggested Reading List
Recommended readings for SMART Recovery Friends & Family participants and meeting hosts:
SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook: For Family & Friends participants, available in the SMART Store.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends Facilitator Manual: For meeting facilitators, available in the SMART Store.
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening: available from Amazon.
Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change: available from Amazon.
I'm Right, You're Wrong, Now What?: Break the Impasse and Get What You Need: available from Amazon.
SMART Recovery Teen Handbook: For those concerned about teens. Developed via a grant obtained by The Community Coalition for Teens in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the SMART Recovery® Handbook was adapted to be applicable and helpful to teens. Available in the SMART Store.
Center for Motivation and Change's 20 Minute Guide for Parents (an online workbook for parents)
SMART Tool Chest: http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/toolchest.htm
SMART Articles & Essays: http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/articlesessays.htm
Links to More Information about CRAFT