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

Augusta, ME

United Methodist Church 640 State Line Road Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery Group Room
13920 Roe Avenue Mission Hills KS 295 Water St.
Leawood KS 66224 Wednesday 7:00PM Suite 101
Thursday 7:30 PM Marla Looper (F) Augusta ME
Contact: Dana Edwards 913-624-9053 Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm
913-232-4141 marlalooper"AT" Contact Darren (F)

Easton, MD

California, MD

Columbia, MD Area

Call for location Cove/DFZ Recovery & Wellness Ctr. Century Plaza Building
Wednesday at 4:00PM 44871 St. Andrews Church Rd. 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway
Diana Rein (F) California, Maryland 20619 4th floor, Kolmac Suite
410-819-0529 Thursday 7:00 PM Columbia, MD
dmr(at) Laura Webb (F) Monday 7:00-8:30 PM
  lauraw(at) smartfamfriends(at)

Lexington Park, MD

Belmont, MA

Hollister, MA

Beacon of Hope McLean Hospital Global Ashram - Hermitage and Retreat Center
21800 N. Shangri La Drive 115 Mill Street /De Marneffe Building 49 Central Street
Lexington Park, MD 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
Tuesday 5:00 PM Saturday 4:30-6:00PM 978-219-9049
Laura Webb (F) Bill (F/VA) Matt Robert (F) Randy (F) Vasu K. Brown (F)
301-997-1300 x 804 617-283-2904 617-851-8438 (Randy) yourmd"AT"
lauraw(at) info"AT" randyw0259"AT"  

Grand Rapids, MI

Plymouth, MI

Twin Cities Metro, MN

Orchard Hill CRC  St. Kenneth Catholic Church New Brighton Community Ctr.
1465 3 Mile Rd. NW 14951 N. Haggerty Rd. 400 10th St. N.W. 55112
1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 PM Activities Building Ss. Kenneth/Patrick Room (Hwy 35 W & 694)
Faye Shanley (F) Tuesday 7:00 PM Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
grsmartrecovery"AT" Peggy (F) Mark H. (F) Nancy C. (F)
Scarlett E. (F)
  734-414-0312 651-464-1959 / 612-805-2259 (Mark)
  SMARTPeggy "at" Before attending, contact Mark for morer current information.
    Current F & F meetings blended with SMART meetings temporarily.

Washington, MO

Manchester, NH

Brick, NJ

First United Methodist Church Manchester Recovery Community Center HBH Counseling
4349 St. John's Rd. 122 Market St. 74 Brick Blvd.
Tuesday 7:00PM (Starts 11/11/14) Manchester NH 03101 Bldg. 4, Suite 206B
Scott Potter (F) Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM  Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
636-390-4608 603-670-5557 Melissa MacDonald (VA)
Sharon Natusch (F)
scojenpotter"AT" Chuck Novak (F) 732-477-0862
  charlesnovak65"AT" melissa"AT" shar_n"AT"

Sante Fe, NM

Patchogue, NY

Staten Island, NY

Everyday Center for Spiritual Living Patchogue-Medford Library Seaview Hospital
1519 5th St. 54-60 East Main St. 460 Brielle Ave. Community Board 2 Bldg.
Thursday 1:10 PM Pacthogue, NY 11772 Staten Island, NY 10301
Charmaine Quintana (F) Saturday 10:00AM Saturday 10:30AM -12:00 Noon
clquintana54"AT" 631-654-4700 STARTS SATURDAY 1/9/16
  Christie Flinter (F) 646-472-9706
  cflinter"AT" Anne (F)
  First time attendees, pls call prior! SMARTstatenisland"AT"

Warsaw, NY

Cincinnati, OH Area

Hamilton, OH

SMART Recovery of WNY Lindner Center of Hope Hills Office Park
38 Duncan St. 4075 Western Row Rd. 5609 Echo Springs Drive
Warsaw NY 14569 Mason, OH Hamilton OH 45011
Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM
Jerianne Klein (F) Suzanne Waller (F) Sally Pettit (F) Jeff Pettit (F)
smartrecoveryjak"AT" Richard C. Bozian (VA) 513-939-5643 (Sally)
513-768-2908 (Jeff)
    sallypettit1959"AT" pettitjeff"AT"

Lansing, OH

Mentor, OH (N.E. Ohio)

Corvalis, OR

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 440-346-3668 or AllwoodInc"at" Milestones Outpatient Recovery 
68583 Scott St. 518 SW 3rd St.
Sunday 2:00 PM Corvalis OR 97333
Jenine Zackey (F) Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM
jazjenine"AT" 541-829-2216
  Tara Hipp (F)

Erie, PA

Laceyville, PA

Mechanicsburg, PA

NOTARY Laceyville Boro Building Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling
1583 West 32nd St., 16508 342 Church St. 5021 East Trindle Rd.
Erie PA 16508 Laceyville PA 18623 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM Thursday 6:30-8:00PM Thursday 7:30 PM
814-431-1852 570-469-4014 717-590-7607
Andrew Laskaris (F) Celeste Kranick (F) Elizabeth Janis (F)
laskaris36"AT" mamahill1"AT" ejanis(at)

Sioux Falls, SD

Burlington WA

Washington, D.C.

Office of Bartels Counseling Folman Agency Foundry United Methodist Church
6330 S. Western Ave Suite 140 910 S. Anacortes St. 1500 16th St NW / Room B2
Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Tuesday 5:00 PM (New Time) Tuesday 7:00 PM
Wednesday 6:00PM

Rick Stockmann (F)

Bill Greer (F)
Sara Crosby (F) 425-417-6493 202-686-1133, 202-577-1664
scrosby3119(at) rickstockmannsr"AT" bgreer17"AT"

Burns Lake, BC (Canada)

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Penticton, BC (Canada)

Families of BCSS office Island Health Penticton & District Community Resources
#113-270 Ninth Ave. 3151 Barons Road 330 Ellis Street
Muriel Mould Learning Centre Nanaimo, BC Penticton, BC V2A 4L7
Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30PM Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday 5:30PM
250-692-7500 Carolyn (F) Judy Poole (F)
Heather Megchelsen (F) 250-739-5880 penticton.smartff"AT"
lakedistrict"AT" nanaimoff(at)  

Quesnel, BC (Canada)

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Stratford, PEI (Canada)

GR Baker Hospital Ravensong CHC Reach Centre
543 Front St. 2450 Ontario St. 223 Mason Road
Quesnel V2J 2K7 1st Floor Tuesday 7:00PM
Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM 902-892-4643 (Roni)
***MEETING NOTE: NEW MEETING STARTS 1/11/16 *** Eugenie (contact person) Roni Power (F) Rose Barbour (F)
Gail Rutledge (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