SMART Recovery

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SMART Recovery is a four-point program to assist people to recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviours.

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.

What to expect

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 Resources

    • SMART recovery meeting schedule

    • SMART Recovery website

      Find schedules of meetings outside of Vancouver.

    • SMART Recovery online (SROL)

      Find online meetings offered 24 hours a day, with people from all over the world.

    • SMART Tools & Worksheets

      SMART Recovery website - Tools and Worksheets you can do at home

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

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings

VCH hosts SMART Recovery meetings in community settings. SMART is a worldwide program and we offer daily meetings in Vancouver, Richmond and the North Shore with trained facilitators from the community. Based on the concepts of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we use an evidence-based practical approach for people to learn about their unhelpful behaviors and replace them with helpful ones.

Download the SMART recovery meeting schedule for Vancouver, Richmond and Sea to Sky

Women's only forum

The women’s only forum is for sensitive female-specific issues and concerns. We ask for the women's cooperation in using the open general forums for non-sensitive general recovery related discussions so that all of SROL may benefit. Information posted within the forum cannot be viewed by those without access. 

Register for the women's only forum. 

Free workshop series

Are you interested in becoming a SMART Recovery Volunteer facilitator with Vancouver Coastal Health? The VCH: Communication & Group Facilitation Workshop Series is the first of several steps required to get involved. This free workshop covers basic group facilitation and communication skills for people interested in facilitating a SMART Recovery meeting. Those interested can e-mail for registration and details.

Course outline 

How to access

​No referrals necessary, everyone is eligible. 


For comments or feedback on SMART meetings, cancellations, materials or facilitators, contact Anna Morrison at 604-675-3980 extension 20258 or by email.