SMART Recovery’s 25 in 25 – Volunteer Recognition Program

Celebrating 25 Outstanding SMART Recovery Volunteers in our 25th Anniversary Year

The heart of SMART’s 25th Silver Anniversary celebration in 2019 is the story of an extraordinary community of volunteers who have built a world-wide organization devoted to supporting individuals recovering from addiction and their family members and friends. These volunteers include addiction scientists and treatment professionals who designed a self-empowering 4-Point Program® and joined people with the experience of recovery and trained them to lead mutual support group meetings.

Together they have created and refined a peer-professional mutual-support group model that combines the best science for treating addiction with the lived experience of recovering from addiction – the world’s largest and only community of this kind with more than 3,000 group meetings in 23 countries. Each year, participants in these groups help each other recover at more than 150,000 meetings, in-person and online, led by volunteers trained how to use the SMART program.

Throughout SMART’s 25th Silver Anniversary year and into the future, we will honor volunteers representing many types of individual service.


Our 25 in 25 Spotlight Volunteers

We are pleased to recognize the following 25 in 25 volunteers who have made significant contributions to SMART Recovery since its beginning. Please check back often, as more volunteers will be added to this list.

Do you know of someone deserving? Click here to nominate them for special recognition.


William M. Abbott, M.D.

Bill Abbott’s service to SMART Recovery illustrates the multiple ways that a volunteer can contribute – as a facilitator, educator, advocate and promoter. As a former surgeon and M.D. affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, Bill and founding president Joe Gerstein, M.D. began introducing SMART meetings into numerous hospitals throughout Massachusetts, including virtually all the leading ones.

Read more about Bill’s contributions to SMART Recovery.


Jonathan von Breton (JVB)

Jonathan has helped SMART Recovery achieve many milestones over the years, but perhaps the most impactful to our organization was helping to create and maintain the SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Community. His education and work experience made him the ideal candidate to serve as in the volunteer role of Professional Advisor for the fledgling SROL Community when it first started 20 years ago.

Read more about JVB’s experience with SMART Recovery.


Hugh Delaney

Hugh Delaney’s impact in Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic region has been substantial and ongoing. In late 2016 Hugh initiated the BmoreSMART project to start numerous SMART meetings in lower socio-economic areas of Baltimore. He trained more than 100 professional counselors and peer recovery specialists as SMART meeting Facilitators, and in 2017 alone, BmoreSMART launched 14 meetings.

Read more about Hugh’s impact on SMART Recovery in his region and to the overall organization.


Lorie H. (Hammer)

Lorie H. (aka “Hammer” in SROL) has been instrumental in sharing the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® with groups of addiction treatment professionals across the country through live training sessions. As part of this effort, Lorie was instrumental in developing our InsideOut curriculum, which is taught as one of our On-Site Training options.

Click here to read more about the commitment, contributions and laughs that Lorie H. has brought to SMART Recovery.

Nominate a Deserving Individual

Do you know of someone deserving? Click here to nominate a SMART Recovery volunteer for special recognition.

Come Celebrate These Individuals with Us in September!

SMART Recovery USA is excited to be celebrating its 25th Silver year Anniversary and will be recognizing the organization’s history and the many individuals and organizations who have contributed to our success in serving individuals who’ve come to SMART for their addiction recovery support.

In support of National Recovery Awareness Month, the 2019 SMART Recovery Annual Conference will be held in Itasca, IL (a suburb of Chicago and close to O’ Hare Airport) on September 20-22nd at The Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel. Hotels room and conference facilities are located on the same premise.

With an estimated 250 participants, the conference will include presentations of relevant topics by guest speakers, provide opportunities for networking with treatment professionals and SMART facilitators across the and Canada, along with many healthcare professionals, volunteers, participants, and friends of the SMART community.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming conference.

April is Volunteer Month at SMART Recovery

SMART is a volunteer organization of individuals who are passionate about helping others. Through mutual support meetings, our volunteers provide a non-judgmental, supportive environment where participants learn skills for lasting change. We set aside the month of April to honor all of our volunteers for their steadfast efforts to help so many and to encourage others to volunteer as well.

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