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Angie Chaplin of Iowa City appointed Regional Coordinator for state

Mentor OH, January 6, 2023—SMART Recovery USA (SMART) recently appointed Angie Chaplin, founder and owner of Mindful Leadership, as Regional Coordinator for Iowa. SMART is a vibrant recovery community that offers a self-empowering, science-based approach to recovery from substance and behavioral addictions through free online and in-person mutual support group meetings.

According to Pete Rubinas, SMART’s Acting Executive Director, Regional Coordinators play a key role in helping SMART Recovery deliver on its mission to support those working to build a life beyond addiction. “Regional Coordinators are key volunteers in our organization because they are the first line of support for our local facilitators. They answer many questions, connect facilitators to the resources available through our National Office, and support new facilitators in getting meetings started successfully.” He added that many Regional Coordinators also assist the organization with outreach to treatment centers and other organizations in the states they serve to help spread the good news about SMART Recovery to more people.

For Chaplin, a SMART meeting facilitator and person in recovery from severe alcohol use disorder, the chance to contribute to SMART’s mission fits perfectly with her experience as an entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and expert with a specialty in self-empowered action planning. “I was honored to be selected as Regional Coordinator. One of my core values is connection, and that is what I hope to be able to do for SMART—connect individuals with the help they need.”


Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery is a self-empowering, science-based approach to addiction recovery. In our mutual support meetings, offered online and in-person, participants learn practical skills and implement their own recovery plan to create a more balanced, purposeful, and fulfilling life.

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Dr. Nora Volkow to Speak on Addiction Recovery

Mentor, OH, March 28, 2022

SMART Recovery (SMART) is pleased to announce that National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow, MD, will be the inaugural speaker for its Jonathan von Breton Memorial Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. (ET).

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SMART Recovery Receives SOR Grant to Continue Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Mentor, OH, June 17, 2021

Recognizing SMART Recovery’s positive work with Ohioans battling Opioid Use Disorder, the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) agency has awarded SMART $592,350 as part of the “Use Of Innovation” program. The program seeks to decrease the impact of the ongoing opioid crisis, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. These funds will support technology and innovation advancements in Ohio’s behavioral health care delivery system.

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SMART Recovery Continues Addiction Fight in New Digital Reality

Mentor, OH, January 19, 2021

Illustrating the new digital reality in the present recovery movement, SMART Recovery USA (SMART) Board President William (Bill) Greer will deliver a virtual talk on Wednesday night via Zoom. The presentation is part of the American Humanist Association’s (AHA) popular Speaking of Humanism series. AHA has been a long-time and important ally of SMART in the secular pathway to recovery for those battling substance use disorders and patterns of negative behaviors.

Greer, a life-long leader in the nonprofit sector, is beginning his third year as SMART’s President and has been involved at every level of the organization for the past eight years. On Wednesday January 20 from 6:30—8 pm, he will deliver his talk highlighting the new reality of online recovery and introduce SMART’s new strategic plan.

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SMART Recovery to Use New Funds to Decrease Holiday Isolation

Mentor, OH, November 24, 2020

Like in Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities, this holiday season in Ohio has the potential to be both the best & worst of times. Even during this COVID pandemic, many Ohio families will enjoy small gatherings and loving times to celebrate togetherness. For other Ohioans, especially those struggling with addictions and mental health concerns, isolation, anxiety, and despair will dominate the coming days.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Mentor-based SMART Recovery is launching the initiative Holiday Outreach Helping Others (HoHo), an array of online support and resources to combat isolation and the accompanying addiction and mental health challenges.

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SMART Recovery Adds Key Staff Member in Ohio

Mentor, OH, August 24, 2020

Just a few years ago, E-4 Michael Hooper of the U.S. Army National Guard was dying in the Cuban heat. Not from enemy fire, but from the raging enemy within: he was clinically depressed and abusing alcohol in a big way. Life was bleak, things were closing in.

Now, thanks to his embracing the principles and practices of SMART Recovery, he lives an entirely different life with purpose and meaning—one he plans on sharing with as many Ohioans as he can, just as he had previously done in New Jersey.

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SMART Recovery Gets Support for Telehealth Expansion

Mentor, OH, July 29, 2020

SMART Recovery USA (Self-Management and Recovery Training) has managed, so far, to offer almost 550 free weekly meetings online through its website for people in recovery and for family members and friends who support them.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Funders’ Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE), a group dedicated to ending the Greater Cincinnati region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, additional meetings will be made possible in the Greater Cincinnati region.

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SMART Adds Local Professionals to National Office

Mentor, OH, June 8, 2020

Even before issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic impacted operations at the Mentor based nonprofit SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery USA, Executive Director Mark Ruth knew he needed more staff to support the organization’s growth and service needs. SMART helps people overcome problematic addictive behavior through free in-person and online self-help meetings and COVID-19 further compounded his staffing needs due to significant media attention, the need to transition face to face meetings to online, creating an increase in online service demands. As a result, Ruth decided to mine local Northeast Ohio talent and successfully brought on three new employees, all with strong ties to Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and surrounding counties. These additions bring their National Office staff to 17 full-time, part-time and support resources and professionals.

Besides strong local ties and a history of making a positive difference in the health of the region, SMART’s new employees each bring specific skills to the organization’s efforts to grow their already significant national impact in the field of recovery.

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SMART Adds Hundreds of Online Meetings

Mentor, OH, April 30, 2020

For people struggling with addiction, the Coronavirus pandemic almost certainly adds stress upon their recovery. Since physical distancing has nixed in-person meetings, recovery meetings have almost entirely migrated to the web—no easy task for any organization trying to make sure those that need help can get it in these challenging times.

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) has responded with a major initiative to increase the number of its free weekly meetings online for people in recovery and for family members and friends who support them. SMART offers two kinds of online meetings, local and global, and this initiative has significantly increased the number of both.

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SMART Expands Reach Using Online Platform

Mentor, OH, March 18, 2020

People struggling with addiction need help more than ever during the Coronavirus pandemic, and attending meetings is the primary way they receive that help. Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is acting swiftly to add more recovery support meetings online for people who cannot safely attend meetings in person.

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SMART Recovery Builds Momentum in the State of Ohio

Cleveland, OH, February 18, 2020

Just a few months ago the national office of SMART Recovery USA looked for help in reaching Ohioans struggling with all kinds of addictions. Now, thanks to timely support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), the work is paying off.

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SMART Recovery Builds Momentum in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland, OH, February 13, 2020

Just a few months ago, the national office of SMART Recovery USA approached a local foundation for help in reaching those struggling with all kinds of addictions in Northeast Ohio. Now, thanks to aggressive outreach strategies, the work is paying off.
Mark Ruth, SMART Recovery’s Executive Director, summarizes the progress so far:

When the Cleveland Foundation decided to so generously support our efforts to reach underserved populations and expand our recovery support groups for those dealing with problematic behaviors or substances in Cleveland and surrounding areas, we were hopeful we’d see results quickly. And now, through our outreach and training efforts, that’s exactly what is happening.

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Ground-Breaking Film on Addiction to Premier on YouTube

Cleveland, OH, December 10, 2020

When Hollywood portrays characters recovering from addictions, it almost always focuses on traditional 12-step programs. A new film changes the script.

Daniel Stine of Rising Act Films has written and directed Authentics, a fictional drama depicting individuals who overcome addiction using the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), where cognitive-behavioral practices and practical experience combine to liberate individuals from their negative addiction spirals.

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Bill Greer Elected Board President of SMART Recovery USA

Mentor, OH, January 2019

SMART Recovery USA is pleased to announce that William (Bill) Greer, a lifelong executive in the nonprofit world, has been elected president of its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2019, the start of the organization’s 25th year. He succeeds Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP, who was the organization’s founding president in 1994 and reprised this role from 2017-2018.

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Mark Ruth Names Executive Director of SMART Recovery USA

Mentor, OH, September 2018

SMART Recovery USA is pleased to announce and welcome Mark Ruth as executive director. In this role, he will oversee all operational, fund raising, financial, technology and other supportive responsibilities for the organization.

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