Bring a SMART Recovery Meeting to Your Area
Congratulations on your initiative to start a local SMART meeting and work as a leader in your community.
SMART Recovery Facilitators provide a vital local resource for people looking for relief from all sorts of addictive behaviors and many times also act as an ambassador to other local resources, such as doctors, courts, and the broader local community.
SMART Recovery provides the resources to assist you.
- Freely downloadable Meeting Facilitator Manuals
- On-line training sessions for Meeting Facilitators
- Regional Coordinators are available to help (some areas pending)
- The Central Office staff is ready to assist you
Help make a difference.
We believe that collectively we can meet the ever-growing demand for SMART Recovery meetings. Join our team of volunteers who make those meetings possible.
Read inspiring stories from people who have started a SMART Recovery meeting in their community.
Get trained and get started in making a difference in your community!
Are you a treatment provider looking at to start a meeting? See our Addiction Professionals page.
“From a SMART Recovery perspective, I was fortunate to live in Massachusetts as there were seventeen face-to-face meetings here open to the public. Some states don’t have any. Living in Taunton, the closest meeting to me was in Plymouth, nearly a twenty-five mile drive. The time had come to change that.
“One of the main reasons my recovery journey was staying on smoother roads was SMART Recovery teachings and meetings. I volunteered to become a meeting facilitator, both to give something back and to reinforce my motivation to stay on the right path.
“I attended the January 2008 distance facilitator training. What works for me is that I do not purport to be a professional in the field of addictive behavior. I advise newcomers that I know a few things about SMART Recovery, but not all things. Anyone attending our meeting has the opportunity to share with other participants their successes and tribulations in recovery. I regularly remind members that the meeting belongs to them and we can all help each other learn. We must be doing something right as people keep coming back!”
— Charlie Cardoza , SMART Recovery Taunton
“Considering how much we pay for the necessities and luxuries of our ‘modern’ existence, it’s incredible that something as life-altering as SMART Recovery is FREE! And given the current economic situation, the need for it is greater than ever.
“That’s why it’s a pleasure and a privilege to help keep SMART Recovery available to others. Facilitating is fun, rewarding, and a lot easier than you think. Looking back, it’s a very natural progression from first meeting to first facilitation. If you’ve ever considered trying it yourself, there’s no reason to hold back — jump on in!”
— John M., SMART Recovery NYC®
“I have often read that providing service to others is one of the highest forms of living. There are a very large number of individuals around the world who need to resolve addictive behavior. SMART Recovery provides tools that will work for many of them. The tools often work quickly. Although I don’t get to see many “instant” recoveries, I do get to see many moments when it is obvious someone has made a significant step forward. I also get to see people over time, and the enormous changes they can make in as little as a few weeks or months.
“I feel privileged to be included by them in the changes they are making. There is little I find more satisfying than knowing that I have contributed to these changes.”
— Tom Horvath, President, SMART Recovery
“I got railroaded into becoming a facilitator and it was the best thing I ever did! Not only do I enjoy being a facilitator, but I also get the opportunity to concentrate just a little bit harder on my own recovery. Actually, I was not railroaded but, my significant other wanted a SMART Recovery location…one in our rural Nevada area and we didn’t have any…so I decided to facilitate one and help us grow.
“Come grow with us!”
— CJ Gueldner, Dayton, Nevada