Help for Family & Friends


Help yourself, and help your loved one, with an alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention.

An alternative to Al-Anon and interventionAre 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.

The SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook and Family & Friends Facilitator Manual are now available in the SMART Recovery Bookstore!

Help for family and friends of people with addiction and alcoholism 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.

Family & Friends handout

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:

Community Reinforcement and Family Training

Community Reinforcement and Family Training Local Family & Friends Meetings

In an effort to meet the interest and demand for locally-available SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings, there is a growing number of areas where local (face-to-face) SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings are now offered in the US and Canada.

You can find more Family & Friends resources below this meeting list!


Mesa, AZ

Tempe, AZ

Los Angeles, CA

  Mesa Library-Red Mountain Branch The Pyle Center 822 S. Robertson Blvd.
  635 North Power Rd. 655 E. Southern Rd, Tempe Suite 300
  Mesa AZ 85205 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 Los Angeles, CA 90035
  Saturday 11:30AM -12:30PM 480-892-5771 Monday 6:30-8:00 PM
  Jane (F) Barry Satterthwaite (F) Marc Kern (F/VA)
  JaneSmartRecovery(at) bdsatterthwaite"AT" habitdoc(at)

Los Angeles, CA

San Diego, CA Area

Santa Rosa, CA

  NEW MEETING STARTS 1/8/16 PRPG Interlink Self-Help Center
  LA Betty Ford Center 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive 1033 Fourth St.
  10700 Santa Monica Blvd., #310 Suite B214 Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  Friday 6:00-7:30 PM La Jolla, CA 92037 Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
  310-625-6058 Monday 7:00 - 8:30PM Jennifer (F)
  David Weidman (F) smartrecoverysd"AT" 707-546-4481 x205 or 707-620-3867
  weidmandavid"AT"   jennifer.auraz"AT"

Ventura, CA

Montrose, CO

Delray Beach, FL

  4587 Telephone Road The Empowerment Center Delray Center For Healing
  Suite 210 Inside the Center for Mental Health 88 SE 4th Ave.
  Combined Meeting SMART/F&F 605 East Miami Delray Beach FL 33483
  Friday 5:00PM Montrose, Colorado, 81401 Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM
  Debbie (F) 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM 561-266-8866
  805-305-0068 Anna Sage (F) Lourdes (F)
  aspiracounseling"AT" 970-812-6377 Ms.lthomasleahy"AT"

Ft. Myers, FL

Blairesville, GA

Idaho Falls, ID

  SALUSCare 76 Hunt Martin St. The Center for Hope
  3763 Evans Ave., Room #150 Blairsville, Georgia, 30512 1501 Northgate Mile
  Ft. Myers, FL 33901 Sunday 4:30PM - 6:30PM Idaho Falls, ID 83401
  Tuesday 6:00 PM Young Adult & Teen Outreach Tuesday 6:00PM-7:30 PM
  239-240-7372 (Heather) Roger Lampert (F) Sandy (F)
  Heather Perez (F) 706-994-3692 +1 208-497-2397
  smartrecoverymeeting"AT" smartrecoveryblairsville"at" sbaiocco"AT"

Arlington Heights IL

Arlington Heights IL

Chicago, IL Area

  Live4Lali, Inc. Brooktree Health Services Chicago Family & Friends Thursday
  3275 North Arlington Heights Rd 3265 N. Arlington Heights Rd., #303 4633 N. Western Avenue
  Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 Room 211A (buzz Mohning)
  Tuesday 8:00-9:30PM Wednesday at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Chicago, IL 60625
  Laura Fry (F) Laura Fry (F) Kurt Mohning (F/VA)
  847-636-7162 847-636-7162 Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM
  laura"AT" lauraSMARTil"at" smartchicagonorth(at)

Connersville, IN

Knox, IN

Valparaiso, IN

  The Climb Addictions Starke County Library Recovery Connection
  Recovery and Rehabilitations, Inc. 152 W. Culver Rd. 254 S. Morgan Blvd.
  126 E. 4th Street Knox IN 46534 Valparaiso, IN 46383
  Monday 7:30-9:00 PM Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  765-827-5991 574-772-2258 ext 337 Tammy O'Neill (F)
  Linda Frye (F) Marilyn Roysdon (F) Ruth Goss (F)
  theclimbrecovery"AT" mroysdon"AT" 219-510-6501

Leawood, KS

Augusta, ME

Rockland, ME

  United Methodist Church Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery Group Room Coastal Recovery Community Center
  13920 Roe Avenue 295 Water St. NOTE: STARTS 5/1/17
  Leawood KS 66224 Suite 101 24 Lincoln Street
  Thursday 7:30 PM Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Fridays 7:45-8:45 PM
  Contact: Dana Edwards Contact Darren (F) Bruce Hodsdon (F)
  913-232-4141 207-621-4111 207-372-6535

Catonsville, MD

Columbia, MD Area

Easton, MD

  Ascension Counseling Services, LLC Century Plaza Building Call for location
  738 Edmondson Ave. 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Wednesday at 4:00PM
  Catonsville, Maryland, 21228 4th floor, Kolmac Suite Diana Rein (F)
  Tuesday 7:00PM - 8:30PM Columbia, MD 410-819-0529
  Susan L. Harvey (F) Monday 7:00-8:30 PM dmr(at)
  410-455-0098 x106 smartfamfriends(at)  

Lexington Park, MD

Belmont, MA

Grand Rapids, MI

  Beacon of Hope McLean Hospital Catholic Charities
  21800 N. Shangri La Drive 115 Mill Street
De Marneffe Building
40 Jefferson Ave. SE
  Lexington Park, MD Please contact facilitator for meeting room information. This meeting is for family & friends of someone needing or in recovery. 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 PM
  Tuesday 5:00 PM Saturday 4:30-6:00PM Faye Shanley (F)
  Laura Webb (F) Bill (F/VA) Matt Robert (F)
Randy (F)
  301-997-1300 x 804 617-283-2904
617-851-8438 (Randy)
Text: 616-719-8779
  lauraw(at) info"AT" randyw0259"AT"  

Lansing, MI

Plymouth, MI

Twin Cities Metro, MN

  RISE Recovery Community  St. Kenneth Catholic Church New Brighton Community Ctr.
  217 North Sycamore Street 14951 N. Haggerty Rd. 400 10th St. N.W. 55112
  Lansing, MI 48933 Activities Building Ss. Kenneth/Patrick Room (Hwy 35 W & 694)
  Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM Tuesday 7:00 PM Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Closed for Clients Only Peggy (F) Mark H. (F) Nancy C. (F)
Scarlett E. (F)
  Paul Cupp (F) 734-414-0312 651-464-1959
612-805-2259 (Mark)
  +1 517-703-3389 SMARTPeggy "at" Before attending, contact Mark for morer current information.
  rise"at"   Current F & F meetings blended with SMART meetings temporarily.

Washington, MO

Manchester, NH

Nashua, NH

  Peace Lutheran Church Manchester Recovery Community Center The Good Sheppard
  5 Scenic Drive 122 Market St. 214 Main Sreet
  Washington MO 63090 Manchester NH 03101 Nashua, NH 03060
  Tuesday 7:30PM - 8:30 PM Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM  Friday 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM
  Scott Potter (F) 603-670-5557 David Potter (F)
  636-390-4608 Chuck Novak (F) 603-233-6794
  scojenpotter"AT" charlesnovak65"AT" DaddPo1960"at"
  Enter from Hwy 47 to lower parking lot, enter lower level door    

Brick, NJ

Sante Fe, NM

Sante Fe, NM

  HBH Counseling Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe Community College
  74 Brick Blvd. 6401 Richards Ave., Room 213 6401 Richards Ave., Room 220
  Bldg. 4, Suite 206B New Mexico, 87508, USA New Mexico, 87508, USA
  Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Wednesday 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Wednesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  Melissa MacDonald (VA)
Sharon Natusch (F)
Charmaine Quintana (F) Charmaine Quintana (F)
  732-477-0862 clquintana54"AT" clquintana54"AT"
  melissa"AT" shar_n"AT"    

Patchogue, NY

Rochester, NY

Staten Island, NY

  Patchogue-Medford Library Rochester Regional Behavioral Health Seaview Hospital
  54-60 East Main St. 1565 Long Pond Road 460 Brielle Ave. Community Board 2 Bldg.
  Pacthogue, NY 11772 Rochester, NY 14626 Staten Island, NY 10301
  Saturday 10:00AM Monday 6:15-7:15PM Saturday 10:30AM -12:00 Noon
  631-654-4700 585-746-5771 STARTS SATURDAY 1/9/16
  Christie Flinter (F) Maggie Reilly (F) 646-472-9706
  cflinter"AT" smartrecoveryrochesterny
Anne (F)
  First time attendees, pls call prior!   SMARTstatenisland"AT"

Warsaw, NY

Austintown, OH

Cincinnati, OH

  SMART Recovery of WNY CaliPARC Cincinnati Thursday Family & Friends
  38 Duncan St. 1051 North Canfield Niles Road 9403 Kenwood Rd. Suite C111
  Warsaw NY 14569 Austintown, OH 44515 Cincinnati/Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
  Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Closed to Clients Only Thursday 7:00PM - 8:00PM
  Jerianne Klein (F) Elizabeth Kaster-Brister (F) Sally Pettit (F)
  smartrecoveryjak"AT" 330-935-2663 513-939-5643  

Hamilton, OH

Lansing, OH (Bridgeport)

Mason, OH (Cincinnati)

  Hills Office Park Lansing Community Center Lindner Center of Hope
  5609 Echo Springs Drive 68583 Scott St. 4075 Western Row Rd.
  Hamilton OH 45011 Sunday 2:00 PM Mason, OH
  Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM Jenine Zackey (F) Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM
  Sally Pettit (F) Jeff Pettit (F) jazjenine"AT" Suzanne Waller (F)
  513-939-5643 (Sally)
513-768-2908 (Jeff)
  Richard C. Bozian (VA)
  sallypettit1959"AT" pettitjeff"AT"    

Mentor, OH (N.E. Ohio)

Powhatan Point, OH

Woodsfield, OH

  If you/other family members would like to learn how to deal with the challenging behavior of an addicted loved one, call to schedule a FAMILY & FRIENDS MEETING with an experienced SMART facilitator. Please contact Rod Allwood at 440-346-3668 or AllwoodInc"at" Powhatan Point Church of the Nazarene Woodsfield Nazarene Church Social Hall
  Fellowship Hall Meeting Starts 3/14/17
  100 Ohio 7 Tuesday 6:00PM - 7:30PM
  Powhatan Point, OH 43942 224 Maple Avenue
  Bill Coker Jr. (F) Woodsfield, OH 43793
  +1 740-472-4105 Bob Pierpont (F)
  revwbcjr"at" 740-213-1852

Corvalis, OR

Portland, OR

Erie, PA

  Milestones Outpatient Recovery  Portland Therapy Center Hamot Heart Institute
  518 SW 3rd St. 1312 East Burnside Street 120 East 2nd Street
  Corvalis OR 97333 Portland, OR 97214 Erie, PA 16507
  Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM Monday 4:40PMPM - 6:00PM Sunday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  541-829-2216 Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC-I (F) Andrew Laskaris (F)
  Tara Hipp (F) 503-662-2944 814-431-1852
  dandelionroot73"AT" cmbkraus"at" laskaris36"at"

Harrisburg, PA

Laceyville, PA

Mechanicsburg, PA

  Migliore Treatment Services LLC Laceyville Public Library Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling
  60 South 41st Street 453 Main Street 5021 East Trindle Rd.
  Harrisburg, PA 17111 Laceyville, PA 18623 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
  Sunday 6:00- 7:30 PM Sunday 6:30PM - 8:30PM Thursday 7:30 PM
  717-963-7679 Celeste Kranick (F) 717-590-7607
  Barry Nazar 570-469-4014 Elizabeth Janis (F)
mamahill1"at" ejanis(at)

Sioux Falls, SD

Puyallup, WA

Berlin, WI

  Office of Bartels Counseling Hot Yoga at the Edge Thedacare Medical Center
  6330 S. Western Ave Suite 140 5605 112th Street East 225 Memorial Drive
  Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Puyallup, WA 98373 Berlin, WI 54923
  Wednesday 6:00PM Sunday 3:00PM - 4:30PM Thursday 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  Sara Crosby (F) Haley Iselin (F) Lynn Ryan (F)
  scrosby3119(at) 253-226-0745 920-294-4059
    haleyiselin"at" lryan"at"

Washington, D.C.

Burns Lake, BC (Canada)

Langley, BC (Canada)

  Foundry United Methodist Church Families of BCSS office Sharon United Church
  1500 16th St NW / Room B2 #113-270 Ninth Ave. 21562 Old Yale Rd.
  Tuesday 7:00 PM Muriel Mould Learning Centre In the Library, First & Third Thursday of each month
  Bill Greer (F) Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30PM 7:00PM - 8:30PM
  202-686-1133, 202-577-1664 250-692-7500 778-686-9494
  bgreer17"AT" Heather Megchelsen (F) Kim Watt (F)

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Penticton, BC (Canada)

Prince George, BC (Canada)

  Mental Health and Substance Use Penticton & District Community Resources FAMILIES
  3151 Barons Road 470 Edmonton Ave. 1117 6th Ave.
  Nanaimo, BC Penticton, BC V2A 2H2 Prince George, BC V2L 4S6
  Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday 6:00PM - 7:00PM Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Carolyn (F) Judy Poole (F) Kim Dixon (F)
  250-739-5880 penticton.smartff"AT" 250-561-8033
  nanaimoff(at)   kimdixon"AT"

Prince George, BC (Canada)

Quesnel, BC (Canada)

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

  Community Care Centre G.R. Baker Hospital Ravensong CHC
  1117 6th Ave. 543 Front Street 2450 Ontario St.
  Prince George, BC V2L 5J5 Quesnel, BC V2J 2K7 1st Floor
  Friday 7:00PM - 8:30PM Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM
  Michaelle Rubenok (F) Gail Rutledge (F) Oona Kreig (contact person)
  778-416-9466 gail_rutledge"AT" 604-872-8441
  Starts 3/1/2017    

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Ottawa, ON (Canada)

Stratford, PEI (Canada)

Three Bridges Community Health Centre
Royal Ottawa Hospital Reach Centre
  1290 Hornby St. Room 310 1145 Carling Ave. 223 Mason Road
  Vancouver, BC V6Z 0A3 Ottawa, ON K2H 9G6 Tuesday 7:00PM
  Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday 7:00PM - 8:30PM 902-892-4643 (Roni)
  Oona Kreig (Contact) Rod MacPherson (F) Roni Power (F) Rose Barbour (F)
  604-714-3480 613-293-4220 behindtheaddiction"AT" (Rose)

Herlev (Denmark)

Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)

  Frivilligcentret Herlev Kongens Lyngby  
  Herlev Hovedgade 172 Rustenborgvej 2a  
  Herlev, 2730, Danmark Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, Danmark  
  Monday 6:00 PM -8:00 PM Monday 4:00PM - 6:00PM  
  Keld Zen Salinkas (F) Bente Saederup (Contact)  
  45 45 61 51 54 05 45 29 24 40 33  

You can get more information on SMART Recovery meetings in the local meetings directory.

Are you interested in starting a Family & Friends meeting in your area or for your practice? Get more information

Community Reinforcement and Family Training

Community Reinforcement and Family Training CRAFT: Community Reinforcement And Family Training

For concerned significant others, SMART Recovery recommends Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training (CRAFT). CRAFT aims to teach family and friends self-protection and non-confrontational skills to help their addicted loved one find recovery.

CRAFT groups may be difficult to find, as this approach is very new, but more information can be found in two excellent books:

Get Your Loved One Sober

Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program for those who are seeking recovery for their loved ones. CRAFT boasts a phenomenal success rate getting people into treatment and recovery.




Beyond Addiction

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change 

Based on CRAFT, Beyond Addiction from the Center for Motivation and Change, offers a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviors.



More About CRAFT:

An alternative to Al-Anon's 12-Step tradition and detachment recommendations and the Johnson Institute's confrontational interventions, the CRAFT program is based on non-confrontational and proven behavioral principles like finding and rewarding positive behaviors. It is a program congruent with SMART Recovery.

Families can learn to change their interactions with their loved one, which in turn changes the loved one's behavior. In repeated clinical trials, CRAFT's approach proved twice as likely as the Johnson intervention and six times as likely as Al-Anon to get a loved one into treatment.

Dr. Robert J. MeyersWith CRAFT, arranging for one's own safety and finding a happier life for one's self takes priority. Getting a loved one to moderate, choose sobriety, or go into treatment are then offered as roads to a better relationship.

CRAFT was developed by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 33 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.

Resources for family and friends of people with addiction and alcoholism Family & Friends Resources

SMART Recovery provides a Concerned Significant Others (For Families & Friends) area on our messageboard to provide online peer support. You are also welcome to use any of our online resources and attend our meetings if you choose.

Things to Do If Your Loved One is Addicted to Alcohol and/or Drugs.

The above article is also available here in PDF format

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers and Providers

Oxygen Mask Rule for Family & Friends

SMART Recovery® Family & Friends Handout

Podcast with Bob Meyers Parent CRAFT

Parent CRAFT is a research-supported online course that teaches parents how to effectively interact with their children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior. Parents CAN make a difference! Visit SMART Family & Friends or visitors to our site are invited to receive a 20% discount off the program. Use code SRPCT when ordering.

Parent CRAFT is endorsed by the American Psychological Association.

Podcast with Bob Meyers Event Podcasts

Enjoy these podcasts with CRAFT experts Dr. Robert Meyers and Dr. Jeffrey Foote.

Dr. Jeffrey Foote podcast How Science and Kindness Help People Change with Dr. Jeffrey Foote May 2014

Bob Meyers podcast Family & Friends Special Event with Dr. Robert Meyers August 2013

Dr. Robert Meyers CRAFT Presentation Family & Friends Special Event with Dr. Robert Meyers April 2011

Recommended reading for family and friends of people with addiction and alcoholism 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 Changeavailable 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.

See Also:

Center for Motivation and Change's 20 Minute Guide for Parents (an online workbook for parents)

SMART Tool Chest:

SMART Articles & Essays:

CRAFT information

CRAFT information for family and friends of people with addiction and alcoholism Links to More Information about CRAFT

Listen to a Podcast with Dr. Robert Meyers discussing CRAFT

HBO's Addiction Series - Information regarding CRAFT

SMART Recovery Bookstore

SMART Recovery® gratefully appreciates the support of the following organizations:

                     Cornerstone Recovery Drug & Alcohol Rehab        Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Center