SMART Recovery Family & Friends
- Find a Family & Friends Meeting
- Family & Friends Program
- Recommended Reading
- Parent CRAFT
- Family & Friends Podcasts
- Family & Friends Blogs
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.
Find a SMART Family & Friends Meeting
Our Family & Friends program is growing! We have new Family & Friends groups starting regularly throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Use our Meeting Finder to search for a meeting near you.
We offer Family & Friends video meetings in our SMART Recovery online community. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. Registration and a schedule of online meetings is available on our community website.
A Family & Friends message board forum and live chat room for additional support are also available in our online community website.
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.
Family & Friends Handbook
Designed for people affected by the addictive behavior of a loved one, this 138-page Handbook can be used in conjunction with attendance at SMART Family & Friends online or local community meetings, or on its own.
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening
Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program for those who are seeking recovery for a loved one. CRAFT has been found to be twice as effective as Johnson Interventions in getting a loved one into treatment.
Beyond Addiction: How Science & Kindness Help People Change
Based on CRAFT, this book from the Center for Motivation and Change offers a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviors.
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 www.CadenceOnline.com 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 Podcasts
8 Tips to Support a Friend or Loved One with an Alcohol Problem A guest blog provided by Dr. Reid Hester, Ph.D. of CheckUp & Choices If you’re concerned about someone’s…
A guest blog provided by Charmaine Quintana At SMART Recovery, we want you to know that you can live a happier life, even if your Loved One (LO) has an…
A guest blog provided by Emily Tomkins – SMART Recovery Family & Friends Facilitator If you are a friend or family member of someone with an addiction, you likely have…