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Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

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The SMART Recovery® Family and Friends Program

What is SMART Recovery® Family and Friends?

Help yourself, and help your loved one, with an alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Are you struggling with how to help someone with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, or other addictive behaviors? SMART Recovery would like to provide you with the resources you can use to help yourself, as well your loved one. SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one. SMART Recovery Family & Friends is a science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training) developed by Dr. Robert Meyers and featured on the popular HBO Addiction series.

What are Groups Like?

SMART Recovery® groups are small, allowing for cross-talk, discussion and practice of many specific methods.

The meetings share SMART Recovery tools that can be implemented by concerned significant others to help with emotional upsets, effective communication methods when dealing with loved ones, and more. Techniques employed within the CRAFT Program (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training) are shared for the benefit of meeting attendees.

How Can I Learn More?

To see if SMART will work for you, plan to attend several meetings because the ideas and methods may take a while to sink in. Our reading list includes: the SMART Recovery® Family and Friend's Manual; Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening - Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., and Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph.D. (Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services, 2004).

How Much Does it Cost?

SMART is free. Your time and effort are the only costs, although we do pass the hat to cover expenses.