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., Suite #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

Delray Beach, FL

Ft. Myers, FL

4587 Telephone Road Delray Center For Healing SALUSCare
Suite 210 88 SE 4th Ave. 3763 Evans Ave., Room #150
Combined Meeting SMART/F&F Delray Beach FL 33483 Ft. Myers, FL 33901
Friday 5:00PM Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM Tuesday 6:00 PM
Debbie (F) 561-266-8866 239-240-7372 (Heather)
805-305-0068 Lourdes (F) Heather Perez (F)
aspiracounseling"AT" Ms.lthomasleahy"AT" smartrecoverymeeting"AT"

Blairesville, GA

Aiea, HI

Idaho Falls, ID

76 Hunt Martin St. Aiea Family & Friends The Center for Hope
Blairsville, Georgia, 30512 Aiea, Hawaii 96701, USA 1501 Northgate Mile
Sunday 4:30PM - 6:30PM Call for location and times. Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Young Adult & Teen Outreach Christina C. Kent, Psyd. (F) Tuesday 6:00PM-7:30 PM
Roger Lampert (F) (808) 486-1020 Sandy (F)
706-994-3692   +1 208-497-2397
smartrecoveryblairsville"at"   sbaiocco"AT"

Arlington Heights IL

Chicago, IL Area

Connersville, IN

Live4Lali, Inc. Chicago Family & Friends Thursday The Climb Addictions
3275 North Arlington Heights Rd 4633 N. Western Avenue Recovery and Rehabilitations, Inc.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Room 211A (buzz Mohning) 126 E. 4th Street
Tuesday 8:00-9:30PM Chicago, IL 60625 Monday 7:30-9:00 PM
Laura Fry (F) Kurt Mohning (F/VA) 765-827-5991
847-636-7162 Thursday 7:00-8:30 PM Linda Frye (F)
laura"AT" smartchicagonorth(at) theclimbrecovery"AT"

Knox, IN

Valparaiso, IN

Leawood, KS

Starke County Library Recovery Connection United Methodist Church
152 W. Culver Rd. 254 S. Morgan Blvd. 13920 Roe Avenue
Knox IN 46534 Valparaiso, IN 46383 Leawood KS 66224
Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday 7:30 PM
574-772-2258 ext 337 Tammy O'Neill (F) Contact: Dana Edwards
Marilyn Roysdon (F) Ruth Goss (F) 913-232-4141
mroysdon"AT" 219-510-6501  

Mission Hills, KS

Augusta, ME

Catonsville, MD

640 State Line Road Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery Group Room Ascension Counseling Services, LLC
Mission Hills KS 295 Water St. 738 Edmondson Ave.
Wednesday 7:00PM Suite 101 Catonsville, Maryland, 21228
Marla Looper (F) Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00PM - 8:30PM
913-624-9053 Contact Darren (F) Susan L. Harvey (F)
marlalooper"AT" 207-621-4111 410-455-0098 x106

Columbia, MD Area

Easton, MD

Lexington Park, MD

Century Plaza Building Call for location Beacon of Hope
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Wednesday at 4:00PM 21800 N. Shangri La Drive
4th floor, Kolmac Suite Diana Rein (F) Lexington Park, MD
Columbia, MD 410-819-0529 Tuesday 5:00 PM
Monday 7:00-8:30 PM dmr(at) Laura Webb (F)
smartfamfriends(at)   301-997-1300 x 804

Belmont, MA

Grand Rapids, MI

Lansing, MI

McLean Hospital Catholic Charities RISE Recovery Community
115 Mill Street /De Marneffe Building 40 Jefferson Ave. SE 217 North Sycamore Street
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 Lansing, MI 48933
Saturday 4:30-6:00PM Faye Shanley (F) Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Bill (F/VA) Matt Robert (F) Randy (F) grsmartrecovery"AT" Closed for Clients Only
617-283-2904 617-851-8438 (Randy) Text: 616-719-8779 Paul Cupp (F)
info"AT" randyw0259"AT"   +1 517-703-3389

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
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 Santa Fe Community College
122 Market St. 74 Brick Blvd. 6401 Richards Ave., Room 213
Manchester NH 03101 Bldg. 4, Suite 206B New Mexico, 87508, USA
Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM  Tuesday 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Wednesday 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
603-670-5557 Melissa MacDonald (VA)
Sharon Natusch (F)
Charmaine Quintana (F)
Chuck Novak (F) 732-477-0862 clquintana54"AT"
charlesnovak65"AT" melissa"AT" shar_n"AT"  

Sante Fe, NM

Patchogue, NY

Rochester, NY

Santa Fe Community College Patchogue-Medford Library Rochester Regional Behavioral Health
6401 Richards Ave., Room 220 54-60 East Main St. 1565 Long Pond Road
New Mexico, 87508, USA Pacthogue, NY 11772 Rochester, NY 14626
Wednesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Saturday 10:00AM Monday 6:15-7:15PM
Charmaine Quintana (F) 631-654-4700 585-746-5771
clquintana54"AT" Christie Flinter (F) Maggie Reilly (F)
  cflinter"AT" smartrecoveryrochesterny
  First time attendees, pls call prior!  

Staten Island, NY

Warsaw, NY

Cincinnati, OH

Seaview Hospital SMART Recovery of WNY Cincinnati Thursday Family & Friends
460 Brielle Ave. Community Board 2 Bldg. 38 Duncan St. 9403 Kenwood Rd. Suite C111
Staten Island, NY 10301 Warsaw NY 14569 Cincinnati/Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
Saturday 10:30AM -12:00 Noon Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday 7:00PM - 8:00PM
STARTS SATURDAY 1/9/16 Jerianne Klein (F) Sally Pettit
646-472-9706 smartrecoveryjak"AT" 513-939-5643
Anne (F)    

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

Corvalis, OR

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 Milestones Outpatient Recovery 
Fellowship Hall 518 SW 3rd St.
100 Ohio 7 Corvalis OR 97333
Powhatan Point, OH 43942 Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM
Bill Coker Jr. (F) 541-829-2216
+1 740-472-4105 Tara Hipp (F)
revwbcjr"at" dandelionroot73"AT"

Portland, OR

Harrisburg, PA

Mechanicsburg, PA

Portland Therapy Center Migliore Treatment Services LLC Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling
1312 East Burnside Street 60 South 41st Street 5021 East Trindle Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97214 Harrisburg, PA 17111 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Monday 4:40PMPM - 6:00PM Sunday 6:00- 7:30 PM Thursday 7:30 PM
Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC-I (F) 717-963-7679 717-590-7607
503-662-2944 Barry Nazar Elizabeth Janis (F)
cmbkraus"at" miglioretreatmentservicesllc

Sioux Falls, SD

Burlington, WA

Puyallup, WA

Office of Bartels Counseling Folman Agency Hot Yoga at the Edge
6330 S. Western Ave Suite 140 910 S. Anacortes St. 5605 112th Street East
Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Tuesday 5:00 PM (New Time) Puyallup, WA 98373
Wednesday 6:00PM

Rick Stockmann (F)

Sunday 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Sara Crosby (F) 425-417-6493 Haley Iselin (F)
scrosby3119(at) rickstockmannsr"AT" 253-226-0745

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