SMART Recovery - Self-Management and Recovery Training

Discover the power of choice

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which provides free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program? helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviours, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. 

The 4-Point Program? offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:

  1. Building and Maintaining Motivation

  2. Coping with Urges

  3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours

  4. Living a Balanced Life

SMART Recovery Meetings

Visit the "SMART Recovery Meetings" page in the left hand menu for more information.

VCH Communication & Group Facilitation, Skill Building & Training Course


For comments or feedback on SMART meetings, cancellations, materials or facilitators, contact Bernice Lee at 604-675-3980 extension 20351 or by email


?No referrals necessary, everyone is eligible. 

Download the information sheet:Accessing VCH Vancouver Substance Use Counselling and Groups


Family & friends suggested reading list  

There is an alternate, non-confrontational, scientifically-validated approach to managing addiction recovery problems. This approach is outlined in the following list of books. These books teach family members and friends how to improve their own lives while at the same time providing skills for improving their relationship with their loved one.

  • Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening  and Beyond Addiction, 

  • How Science & Kindness Help People Change. 

  • Using Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) 

  • CRAFT: An approach that gets people into treatment

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In crisis? Here are some 24 hour supports

Distress Services:

Vancouver Coastal Health Region  ? Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sea to Sky:
(604) 872-3311

Toll Free ? Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Bella Coola
1 (866) 661-3311

Suicide line (BC-wide):
1-800-SUICIDE (1 800-784-2433)

Mental Health Support Line (BC-wide)
(604) 310-6789

Online Service for Youth

Online Service for Adults

Seniors? Distress Line
(604) 872-1234

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Becoming a SMART facilitator requires you to take a facilitator training course as well as registering for VCH Volunteer services.  The next training session will begin in January of 2019.

If you wish to register, email

Similarly, if you want to get the jump on volunteering, register online - look for ?SMART Facilitator? under ?Waitlisted Services.?