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!

Tempe, AZ

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

NEW MEETING STARTS 1/6/16 822 S. Robertson Blvd. NEW MEETING STARTS 1/8/16
The Pyle Center Suite 300 LA Betty Ford Center
655 E. Southern Rd, Tempe Los Angeles, CA 90035 10700 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite #310
Wednesday 7:00-8:30 Monday 6:30-8:00 PM Friday 6:00-7:30 PM
480-892-5771 Marc Kern (F/VA) 310-625-6058
Barry Satterthwaite (F) habitdoc(at) David Weidman (F)
bdsatterthwaite"AT"   weidmandavid"AT"

San Diego, CA Area

Santa Rosa, CA

Ventura, CA

PRPG Interlink Self-Help Center 4587 Telephone Road
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive 1033 Fourth St. Suite 210
Suite B214 Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Friday 5:00PM
La Jolla, CA 92037 Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Debbie (F)
Monday 7:00 - 8:30PM Jennifer (F) 805-305-0068
smartrecoverysd(at) 707-546-4481 x205 or 707-620-3867 aspiracounseling"AT"

Delray Beach, FL

Ft. Myers, FL

Connersville, IN

Delray Center For Healing SALUSCare The Climb Addictions
88 SE 4th Ave. 3763 Evans Ave., Room #150 Recovery and Rehabilitations, Inc.
Delray Beach FL 33483 Ft. Myers, FL 33901 126 E. 4th Street
Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday 6:00 PM Monday 7:30-9:00 PM
561-266-8866 239-240-7372 (Heather) 765-827-5991
Lourdes (F) Heather Perez (F) Linda Frye (F)
Ms.lthomasleahy"AT" smartrecoverymeeting"AT" theclimbrecovery"AT"

Knox, IN

Valparaiso, IN (2 Meetings)

Chicago, IL Area

Starke County Library 254 S. Morgan Blvd. Loft Offices
Knox IN 46534 Valparaiso, IN 4633 N. Western Avenue
Starts 5/19/16 Starts 8/27 (Both) Room 211 (use buzzer for entry)
Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM Wednesdays 2:00-3:00PM
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00PM
Chicago, IL 60625
574-772-2258 ext 337 Tracy Traut (F) Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM
Marilyn Roysdon (F) tracy.traut"AT" smartchicagonorth(at)
mroysdon"AT" 219-510-6501  

Leawood, KS

Mission Hills, KS

Easton, MD

United Methodist Church 640 State Line Road Call for location
13920 Roe Avenue Mission Hills KS Wednesday at 4:00PM
Leawood KS 66224 Wednesday 7:00PM Diana Rein (F)
Thursday 7:30 PM Marla Looper (F) 410-819-0529
Contact: Dana Edwards 913-624-9053 dmr(at)
913-232-4141 marlalooper"AT"  

California, MD

Columbia, MD Area

Lexington Park, MD

Cove/DFZ Recovery & Wellness Ctr. Century Plaza Building Beacon of Hope
44871 St. Andrews Church Rd. 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway 21800 N. Shangri La Drive
California, Maryland 20619 4th floor, Kolmac Suite Lexington Park, MD
Thursday 7:00 PM Columbia, MD Tuesday 5:00 PM
Laura Webb (F) Monday 7:00-8:30 PM Laura Webb (F)
lauraw(at) smartfamfriends(at) 301-997-1300 x 804

Belmont, MA

Hollister, MA

Grand Rapids, MI

McLean Hospital Global Ashram - Hermitage and Retreat Center Orchard Hill CRC
115 Mill Street /De Marneffe Building 49 Central Street 1465 3 Mile Rd. NW
Please contact facilitator for meeting room information. This meeting is for family & friends of someone needing or in recovery. 2nd & 4th Monday of each month 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 PM
Saturday 4:30-6:00PM 978-219-9049 Faye Shanley (F)
Bill (F/VA) Matt Robert (F) Randy (F) Vasu K. Brown (F) grsmartrecovery"AT"
617-283-2904 617-851-8438 (Randy) yourmd"AT"  
info"AT" randyw0259"AT"    

Plymouth, MI

Twin Cities Metro, MN

Washington, MO

 St. Kenneth Catholic Church New Brighton Community Ctr. First United Methodist Church
14951 N. Haggerty Rd. 400 10th St. N.W. 55112 4349 St. John's Rd.
Activities Building Ss. Kenneth/Patrick Room (Hwy 35 W & 694) Tuesday 7:00PM (Starts 11/11/14)
Tuesday 7:00 PM Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Scott Potter (F)
Peggy (F) Mark H. (F) Nancy C. (F)
Scarlett E. (F)
734-414-0312 651-464-1959 / 612-805-2259 (Mark) scojenpotter"AT"
SMARTPeggy "at" Before attending, contact Mark for morer current information.  
  Current F & F meetings blended with SMART meetings temporarily.  

Manchester, NH

Brick, NJ

Sante Fe, NM

Manchester Recovery Community Center HBH Counseling Everyday Center for Spiritual Living
122 Market St. 74 Brick Blvd. 1519 5th St.
Manchester NH 03101 Bldg. 4, Suite 206B Thursday 1:10 PM
Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM  Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Charmaine Quintana (F)
603-670-5557 Melissa MacDonald (VA)
Sharon Natusch (F)
Chuck Novak (F) 732-477-0862  
charlesnovak65"AT" melissa"AT" shar_n"AT"  

Patchogue, NY

Staten Island, NY

Warsaw, NY

Patchogue-Medford Library Seaview Hospital SMART Recovery of WNY
54-60 East Main St. 460 Brielle Ave. Community Board 2 Bldg. 38 Duncan St.
Pacthogue, NY 11772 Staten Island, NY 10301 Warsaw NY 14569
Saturday 10:00AM Saturday 10:30AM -12:00 Noon Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
631-882-7768 STARTS SATURDAY 1/9/16 Jerianne Klein (F)
Christie Flinter (F) 646-472-9706 smartrecoveryjak"AT"
christieflinger"AT" Anne (F)  

Cincinnati, OH Area

Hamilton, OH

Lansing, OH

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

Mentor, OH (N.E. Ohio)

Corvalis, OR

Erie, PA

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" Milestones Outpatient Recovery  NOTARY
518 SW 3rd St. 1583 West 32nd St., 16508
Corvalis OR 97333 Erie PA 16508
Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM
541-829-2216 814-431-1852
Tara Hipp (F) Andrew Laskaris (F)
  dandelionroot73"AT" laskaris36"AT"

Laceyville, PA

Mechanicsburg, PA

Sioux Falls, SD

Laceyville Boro Building Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Bartels Counseling
342 Church St. 5021 East Trindle Rd. 101 W. 69th Street #100
Laceyville PA 18623 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 Sioux Falls, SD
Thursday 6:30-8:00PM Thursday 7:30 PM Wednesday 6:00PM
570-469-4014 717-590-7607 Sara Crosby / Dave Jansa (F)
Celeste Kranick (F) Elizabeth Janis (F) scroscb3119(at)
mamahill1"AT" ejanis(at)  

Burlington WA

Washington, D.C.

Burns Lake, BC (Canada)

Folman Agency Foundry United Methodist Church Families of BCSS office
910 S. Anacortes St. 1500 16th St NW / Room B2 #113-270 Ninth Ave.
Tuesday 5:00 PM (New Time) Tuesday 7:00 PM Muriel Mould Learning Centre

Rick Stockmann (F)

Bill Greer (F) Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30PM
425-417-6493 202-686-1133, 202-577-1664 250-692-7500
rickstockmannsr"AT" bgreer17"AT" Heather Megchelsen (F)

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Penticton, BC (Canada)

Quesnel, BC (Canada)

Island Health Penticton & District Community Resources GR Baker Hospital
3151 Barons Road 330 Ellis Street 543 Front St.
Nanaimo, BC Penticton, BC V2A 4L7 Quesnel V2J 2K7
Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday 5:30PM Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carolyn (F) Judy Poole (F) ***MEETING NOTE: NEW MEETING STARTS 1/11/16 ***
250-739-5880 penticton.smartff"AT" Gail Rutledge (F)
nanaimoff(at)   gail_rutledge"AT"

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Stratford, PEI (Canada)

Ravensong CHC Reach Centre  
2450 Ontario St. 223 Mason Road  
1st Floor Tuesday 7:00PM  
Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM 902-892-4643 (Roni)  
Eugenie (contact person) Roni Power (F) Rose Barbour (F)  
604-872-8441 behindtheaddiction"AT" (Rose)  

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:

                     non-12-step rehab        Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Center