Help for Family & Friends
Help yourself, and help your loved one, with an alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention.
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 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).
SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.
Family & Friends Online Support Meetings
SMART Recovery Online Volunteer Facilitators provide Concerned Significant Others (CSO) meetings to address specific issues encountered when a friend or family member tries to reach out and help a loved one affected by addiction.
The meetings share SMART Recovery tools that can be implemented by CSOs 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.
To participate in the Family & Friends meetings, registration is required at the SMART Recovery Online website:www.smartrecovery.org/community.
Online Family & Friends Meetings are Monday at 9:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:30 PM ET.
A Family & Friends (Concerned Significant Others) Message Board Forum for additional support is also available.
Local Family & Friends Meetings
In an effort to meet the interest and demand for locally-available SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings, there is a growing number of areas where local (face-to-face) SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings are now offered.
Nanaimo, BC (Canada)
|Three Bridges Community Health Centre||Island Health|
|1290 Hornby Street||3151 Barons Road|
|Friday 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM||Nanaimo, BC|
|Eugenie (for contacts)||Tuesday 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM|
|nanaimoff(at)gmail.com –Please note: This meeting is on summer hiatus and will return in September!|
You can get more information on SMART Recovery meetings in the local meetings directory.
Are you interested in starting a Family & Friends meeting in your area or for your practice? Get more information
CRAFT: Community Reinforcement And Family Training
For concerned significant others, SMART Recovery recommends Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training (CRAFT). CRAFT aims to teach family and friends self-protection and non-confrontational skills to help their addicted loved one find recovery.
CRAFT groups may be difficult to find, as this approach is very new, but more information can be found in two excellent books:
Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program for those who are seeking recovery for their loved ones. CRAFT boasts a phenomenal success rate getting people into treatment and recovery.
Based on CRAFT, Beyond Addiction from the Centre for Motivation and Change, offers a ground breaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviours.
More About CRAFT:
An alternative to Al-Anon’s 12-Step tradition and detachment recommendations and the Johnson Institute’s confrontational interventions, the CRAFT program is based on non-confrontational and proven behavioral principles like finding and rewarding positive behaviours. It is a program congruent with SMART Recovery.
Families can learn to change their interactions with their loved one, which in turn changes the loved one’s behaviour. In repeated clinical trials, CRAFT’s approach proved twice as likely as the Johnson intervention and six times as likely as Al-Anon to get a loved one into treatment.
With CRAFT, arranging for one’s own safety and finding a happier life for one’s self takes priority. Getting a loved one to moderate, choose sobriety, or go into treatment are then offered as roads to a better relationship.
CRAFT was developed by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 33 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.
Resources at SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery provides a Concerned Significant Others (For Families & Friends) area on our messageboard to provide online peer support. You are also welcome to use any of our online resources and attend our meetings if you choose.