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SMART Recovery Announces 1000th Meeting - Worldwide Growth Continues
On August 30th, 2013, the 1000th free self-help meeting got underway in Upland, California, facilitated by Mike Massey at the Inland Valley Recovery Center. Mike shares: “I became familiar with SMART Recovery after a 2 week rehab program at Reunion House, which I was attending for treatment of my alcohol and pain pill abuse. I’ve been free from my addictive behavior since February 20th, though I’d had many starts and stops through the years. I began participating in local and online meetings and decided that it’s time for me to help others – I’m a good communicator and I like helping people. I took the July SMART Distance Facilitator Training, and I feel honored to now be offering a meeting in Upland, California.”
SMART Recovery has reached 1000 meetings via a distance training program (in the US, UK and AU) for group Facilitators, information available on its website regarding how to start meetings, and outreach efforts through various social networks.
SMART Recovery meetings consist of various activities and tools aimed at helping individuals understand and correct the connection between their irrational beliefs, actions and consequences. A variety of tools are provided within the 4-Point Program® and ways of handling motivation, urges, emotional upsets, etc. are discussed and then practiced by participants.
John M. of SMART New York City states, "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."
In addition to a growing number of face-to-face community meetings, daily online meetings, message boards and a 24/7 chat room are also available.
All are welcome to train (http://www.smartrecovery.org/