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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:
- building and maintaining motivation
- coping with urges
- managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- living a balanced life
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.
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.
Free workshop series
The VCH Communication & Group Facilitation, Skill Building & Training Course helps improve your group facilitation and communication skills or supports people interested in facilitating a support group.
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.