Help for Family & Friends

FAQ's

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


An alternative to Al-Anon and interventionSMART Recovery would like to welcome you and help you find the information and provide you with the resources you can use to help yourself, as well your 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).

SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.

The SMART Recovery Family & Friends Handbook and Family & Friends Facilitator Manual are 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: www.smartrecovery.org/community.

Online Family & Friends Meetings are Monday at 9:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 1:30 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, a program is underway covering several metropolitan areas where local (face-to-face) SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings are now offered.


Chicago IL Area

Columbia MD Area

San Diego CA Area

Loft Offices Owen Brown Interfaith Center Pyrysys Psychology Group
4633 N. Western Avenue 7246 Cradlerock Way 8050 Villa La Jolla Drive
Room 211 (use buzzer for entry) Room 116 (lower level) Suite B214
Chicago, IL 60625 Columbia, MD 21045 La Jolla, CA 92037
Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM Monday 7:00-8:30 PM Monday 7:00 - 8:30PM
smartchicagonorth(at)gmail.com smartfamfriends(at)gmail.com smartrecoverysd(at)gmail.com

Belmont, MA

Mentor, OH (N.E. Ohio)

Cincinnati, OH Area

McLean Hospital Beacon Health Lindner Center of Hope
115 Mill Street 7350 Palisades Parkway 4075 Western Row Rd.
De Marneffe Building 1st Floor Conference Room Mason, OH
Room 117 10:00am to 11:30am Sunday 4:00-5:30 PM
Saturday 4:30-6:00PM 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/24, 5/24, 6/21 Suzanne Waller (F)
suzy(at)smartne.org AllwoodInc(at)aol.com Richard C. Bozian (VA)

California, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Brick, NJ

Cove/DFZ Recovery & Wellness Ctr. 822 S. Robertson Blvd. 150 Chambers Bridge Rd.
44871 St. Andrews Church Rd. Suite 300 Suite 202
California, Maryland 20619 Los Angeles, CA 90035 Brick, NJ
Thursday 7:00 PM Monday 6:30-8:00 PM Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM
Laura Webb (F) Marc Kern (F/VA) Natalie Mischenko, MA, LAC, LCADC, NCC (F)
lauraw(at)waldensierra.org habitdoc(at)gmail.com natalie(at)hbhcounseling.com
     

Easton, MD

Mechanicsburg, PA

Leawood, KS

Call for location Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling United Methodist Church
Wednesday at 4:00PM 5021 East Trindle Rd. 13920 Roe Avenue
Diana Rein (F) Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 Leawood KS 66224
410-819-0529 Thursday 7:30 PM Thursday 7:30 PM
dmr(at)verizon.net 717-590-7607 Contact: Dana Edwards
  Elizabeth Janis (F) 913-232-4141
  ejanis(at)mazzittiandsullivan.com  

Lexington Park, MD

Santee, CA

Nanaimo, BC (Canada)

Beacon of Hope Counseling and Education with Empathy Services Island Health
21800 N. Shangri La Drive 9905 S. Prospect Ave. 3151 Barons Road
Lexington Park, MD Santee CA 92071 Nanaimo, BC
Tuesday 5:00 PM Wednesday 5:30-6:30 PM Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Laura Webb (F) Tina McIntire MA, LADC, CADC II Carolyn (F)
301-997-1300 x 804 619-449-9937 250-739-5880
lauraw(at)waldensierra.org Park in rear of building. Location is near the trolley for those without transportation.  
     

Sioux Falls, SD

Manchester, NH

Valparaiso, IN (2 Meetings)

Bartels Counseling Sky Counseling 254 S. Morgan Blvd.
101 W. 69th Street #100 50 Bridge St., Suite 104 Valparaiso, IN
Sioux Falls, SD Manchester NH 03101 Starts 8/27 (Both)
Wednesday 6:00PM Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00PM
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00PM

Sara Crosby / Dave Jansa (F) Chuck Novak (F) Tracy Traut (F)
scroscb3119(at)gmail.com charlesnovak65"AT"gmail.com tracy.traut"AT"pactchangeslives.com
  603-670-5557 219-510-6501

Watch this area as we add more Family & Friends meetings!

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 Resources at SMART Recovery

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 Event Podcasts

Enjoy these podcast as Dr. Meyers addresses the SMART Recovery Family & Friends community.

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 Recommended 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:  http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/toolchest.htm

SMART Articles & Essays:  http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/articlesessays.htm

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