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SMART Recovery®: 15 Years of Self-Empowering Addiction Recovery
SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) an international abstinence-based non-profit, will celebrate 15 years of providing its 4-Point Program® to those seeking to gain independence from any substance or activity addiction.
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® consists of:
#1: Enhancing and maintaining motivation to abstain
#2: Coping with urges
#3: Managing thoughts, feelings and behavior (problem-solving)
#4: Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions (lifestyle balance)
The program is based on scientifically-
SMART Recovery meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers, some of whom have not had personal recovery experience, but donate their time as a community service; while others who have utilized the program serve as a facilitator as a way to “pay forward” the freedom they discovered via the SMART Recovery program. In the US the entire organization is operated by volunteers, except for two employees in the Mentor, Ohio, office.
Growing International Availability
SMART Recovery offers over 500 weekly meetings worldwide, both online and face to face. National offices exist in the US, UK and Australia. Website-based support (including a message board, online meetings and chat rooms) operates 24/7. The SMART Recovery Handbook is available in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Farsi, and Mandarin Chinese. An online course trains English-speaking volunteers worldwide. Trainings in other languages are offered locally.
SMART Recovery’s Future
SMART Recovery’s exemplary growth will continue, as it reaches out to individuals seeking an alternative to traditional powerlessness recovery. SMART Recovery will continue to be self-supporting through personal donations and publication sales, but will also seek funding from sources which have supported it in the past, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
SMART Recovery® Central Office, 7304 Mentor Avenue, Suite F, Mentor, OH 44060
Shari Allwood, Executive Director; Phone: 440/951-5357;
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A volunteer based, non-profit, international organization providing free, self-empowering self-help groups and online for individuals desiring to abstain from any type of addictive behavior.