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.

To Participate

To participate in the Family & Friends meetings, registration is required at the SMART Recovery Online website:

Online Family & Friends Meetings are Monday at 9:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:30 PM ET.

A Family & Friends (Concerned Significant Others) Message Board Forum for additional support is also available.

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

Pyrysys Psychology Group Interlink Self-Help Center 4587 Telephone Road
8050 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

Connersville, IN

Knox, IN

Delray Center For Healing The Climb Addictions Starke County Library
88 SE 4th Ave. Recovery and Rehabilitations, Inc. Knox IN 46534
Delray Beach FL 33483 126 E. 4th Street Starts 5/19/16
Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM Monday 7:30-9:00 PM Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM
561-266-8866 765-827-5991 574-772-2258 ext 337
Lourdes (F) Linda Frye (F) Marilyn Roysdon (F)
Ms.lthomasleahy"AT" theclimbrecovery"AT" mroysdon"AT"

Valparaiso, IN (2 Meetings)

Chicago, IL Area

Leawood, KS

254 S. Morgan Blvd. Loft Offices United Methodist Church
Valparaiso, IN 4633 N. Western Avenue 13920 Roe Avenue
Starts 8/27 (Both) Room 211 (use buzzer for entry) Leawood KS 66224
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00PM
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00PM
Chicago, IL 60625 Thursday 7:30 PM
Tracy Traut (F) Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM Contact: Dana Edwards
tracy.traut"AT" smartchicagonorth(at) 913-232-4141

Mission Hills, KS

Easton, MD

California, MD

640 State Line Road Call for location Cove/DFZ Recovery & Wellness Ctr.
Mission Hills KS Wednesday at 4:00PM 44871 St. Andrews Church Rd.
Wednesday 7:00PM Diana Rein (F) California, Maryland 20619
Marla Looper (F) 410-819-0529 Thursday 7:00 PM
913-624-9053 dmr(at) Laura Webb (F)
marlalooper"AT"   lauraw(at)

Columbia, MD Area

Lexington Park, MD

Belmont, MA

Century Plaza Building Beacon of Hope McLean Hospital
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway 21800 N. Shangri La Drive 115 Mill Street /De Marneffe Building
4th floor, Kolmac Suite Lexington Park, MD Please contact facilitator for meeting room information. This meeting is for family & friends of someone needing or in recovery.
Columbia, MD Tuesday 5:00 PM Saturday 4:30-6:00PM
Monday 7:00-8:30 PM Laura Webb (F) Bill (F/VA) Matt Robert (F) Randy (F)
smartfamfriends(at) 301-997-1300 x 804 617-283-2904 617-851-8438 (Randy)
  lauraw(at) info"AT" randyw0259"AT"

Hollister, MA

Grand Rapids, MI

Plymouth, MI

Global Ashram - Hermitage and Retreat Center Orchard Hill CRC  St. Kenneth Catholic Church
49 Central Street 1465 3 Mile Rd. NW 14951 N. Haggerty Rd.
2nd & 4th Monday of each month 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 PM Activities Building Ss. Kenneth/Patrick Room
978-219-9049 Faye Shanley (F) Wednesday 7:00 PM
Vasu K. Brown (F) grsmartrecovery"AT" Peggy (F)
yourmd"AT"   734-414-0312
    SMARTPeggy "at"

Twin Cities Metro, MN

Washington, MO

Manchester, NH

New Brighton Community Ctr. First United Methodist Church Manchester Recovery Community Center
400 10th St. N.W. 55112 4349 St. John's Rd. 122 Market St.
Room 100B (Hwy 35 W & 694) Tuesday 7:00PM (Starts 11/11/14) Manchester NH 03101
Tuesday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Scott Potter (F) Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
Mark H (F) Nancy C. (F) 636-390-4608 603-670-5557
651-464-1959 / 612-805-2259 (Mark) scojenpotter"AT" Chuck Novak (F)
Before attending, contact with email & phone number. Thanks!   charlesnovak65"AT"

Brick, NJ

Sante Fe, NM

Patchogue, NY

HBH Counseling Everyday Center for Spiritual Living Patchogue-Medford Library
74 Brick Blvd. 1519 5th St. 54-60 East Main St.
Bldg. 4, Suite 206B Thursday 1:10 PM Pacthogue, NY 11772
Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Charmaine Quintana (F) Saturday 10:00AM
Melissa MacDonald (VA)
Sharon Natusch (F)
clquintana54"AT" 631-882-7768
732-477-0862   Christie Flinter (F)
melissa"AT" shar_n"AT"   christieflinger"AT"

Staten Island, NY

Warsaw, NY

Cincinnati, OH Area

Seaview Hospital SMART Recovery of WNY Lindner Center of Hope
460 Brielle Ave. Community Board 2 Bldg. 38 Duncan St. 4075 Western Row Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301 Warsaw NY 14569 Mason, OH
Saturday 10:30AM -12:00 Noon Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM
STARTS SATURDAY 1/9/16 Jerianne Klein (F) Suzanne Waller (F)
646-472-9706 smartrecoveryjak"AT" Richard C. Bozian (VA)
Anne (F)    

Hamilton, OH

Lansing, OH

Mentor, OH (N.E. Ohio)

Hills Office Park Lansing Community Center 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 440-951-1380 or AllwoodInc"at"
5609 Echo Springs Drive 68583 Scott St.
Hamilton OH 45011 Sunday 2:00 PM
Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM Jenine Zackey (F)
Sally Pettit (F) Jeff Pettit (F) jazjenine"AT"
513-939-5643 (Sally)
513-768-2908 (Jeff)
sallypettit1959"AT" pettitjeff"AT"    

Corvalis, OR

Erie, PA

Laceyville, PA

Milestones Outpatient Recovery  NOTARY Laceyville Boro Building
518 SW 3rd St. 1583 West 32nd St., 16508 342 Church St.
Corvalis OR 97333 Erie PA 16508 Laceyville PA 18623
Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM Thursday 6:30-8:00PM
541-829-2216 814-431-1852 570-469-4014
Tara Hipp (F) Andrew Laskaris (F) Celeste Kranick (F)
dandelionroot73"AT" laskaris36"AT" mamahill1"AT"

Mechanicsburg, PA

Sioux Falls, SD

Burlington WA

Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Bartels Counseling Folman Agency
5021 East Trindle Rd. 101 W. 69th Street #100 910 S. Anacortes St.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 Sioux Falls, SD Tuesday 5:00 PM (New Time)
Thursday 7:30 PM Wednesday 6:00PM

Rick Stockmann (F)

717-590-7607 Sara Crosby / Dave Jansa (F) 425-417-6493
Elizabeth Janis (F) scroscb3119(at) rickstockmannsr"AT"

Washington, D.C.

Burns Lake, BC (Canada)

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Foundry United Methodist Church Families of BCSS office Island Health
1500 16th St NW / Room B2 #113-270 Ninth Ave. 3151 Barons Road
Tuesday 7:00 PM Muriel Mould Learning Centre Nanaimo, BC
Bill Greer (F) Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30PM Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
202-686-1133, 202-577-1664 250-692-7500 Carolyn (F)
bgreer17"AT" Heather Megchelsen (F) 250-739-5880
  lakedistrict"AT" nanaimoff(at)

Penticton, BC (Canada)

Quesnel, BC (Canada)

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Penticton & District Community Resources GR Baker Hospital Ravensong CHC
330 Ellis Street 543 Front St. 2450 Ontario St.
Penticton, BC V2A 4L7 Quesnel V2J 2K7 1st Floor
Tuesday 5:30PM Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM
Judy Poole (F) ***MEETING NOTE: NEW MEETING STARTS 1/11/16 *** Eugenie (contact person)
penticton.smartff"AT" Gail Rutledge (F) 604-872-8441

Stratford, PEI (Canada)

Reach Centre    
223 Mason Road    
Tuesday 7:00PM    
902-892-4643 (Roni)    
Roni Power (F) Rose Barbour (F)    
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