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Help For You and Your Loved Ones

Are you looking for resources to help you support someone struggling with addiction? Is someone else’s addiction negatively affecting you? Perhaps you’re seeking an alternative to tough love? We provide effective, easy-to-learn tools to help both you and your loved one. Our methods are based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT Therapy (Community Reinforcement & Family Training). Our meetings — available both in-person and online — provide concerned significant others the tools they need to effectively support their loved one, without supporting the addictive behavior. These tools also help Family & Friends better cope with their loved one’s situation and regain their peace of mind.

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Our Family & Friends program is growing! We have new Family & Friends groups starting regularly throughout the U.S. and Canada. Use our Meeting Finder to search for a meeting near you. After doing a search, look for the “Program” filter and choose “Family & Friends” to see just those meetings.

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Interested in starting a meeting in your area? We would love to speak with you about training and support.

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How It Works

SMART Recovery’s Family & Friends resources (print materials and meetings) offer a two-pronged approach:

Tools and support for the wellbeing of Family & Friends

Our self-empowering program uses tools based on cognitive therapy to help you level out your emotional roller coaster and learn better ways of dealing with your unique situation.

Tools and support for providing effective, non-confrontational support for a loved one

Our skills training for Family & Friends includes tools for positive communication skills and other strategies to help you change the dynamics of your relationship with your loved one. This method has been proven to be more successful than harsh interventions or complete detachment.

Our mutual desire is that your loved one will take on the choice to pursue their own recovery and that you will learn ways of improving your life at the same time.

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.

Family & Friends Kindle Resources

We have compiled a list of useful and printable PDF resources to use along with your Kindle version of the Family & Friends Handbook.

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Family & Friends Podcasts

How Science & Kindness Can
Help People Change

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Family &
Friends Special Event

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