SMART Recovery Family & Friends Program Celebrates Five Years
Empowering Program to Help with Self Care and to Assist Loved Ones with Addictions
MENTOR, Ohio - Oct. 13, 2015 - PRLog -- For five years, SMART Recovery® for Family & Friends has been helping people support loved ones who are fighting addiction. This program includes online weekly meetings, active message boards, face-to-face meetings and a Family & Friends Handbook that explains the use of specific tools and strategies that can be employed to help themselves and others.
Executive Director Shari Allwood has been with the organization for more than 20 years. “For the first 15 years, SMART Recovery focused solely on the individuals with addictions,”
The Family & Friends program utilizes many of the same tools used by the SMART Recovery® program; such as tools to help individuals cope with emotional upsets, learn problem solving techniques, and strengthen communication. “I am here to keep learning the SMART tools to keep my sanity and serenity!! … and it’s working. Yay! Today is a good day,” said another program member.
Anyone who has a loved one struggling with addiction can visit www.smartrecovery.org/
SMART Recovery® (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a global, nonprofit organization that helps people overcome addictions through free mutual support group meetings in person and online. Each week, many thousands of people discuss recovery progress and challenges at 1,800 meetings in 13 countries, 30-plus online gatherings and 24/7 internet message board forums and chat. Participants use SMART to assume responsibility for their own recovery and become empowered using its 4-Point Program®: building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and living a balanced life. A program for Family & Friends is available for those assisting a loved one with an addiction. Founded in 1994, the program uses science-based techniques that are most effective in helping individuals abstain from addictions to substances and harmful behaviors.