Think SMART!

Posted on June 9, 2015

SMART for Life: An Entertaining and Informative Video
~Jeff Fredricksen, SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitator

Jeff FredericksonI’m very honored that SMART Recovery has decided to re-release our video SMART for Life, and make it available to all via YouTube. Ten years ago when we originally filmed SMART for Life, YouTube had just started. There was a lot more time and effort involved in putting a video together. Back then you couldn’t become a star with just a phone and a guitar, or a cat.

When I looked at our film again I was reminded how enthusiastic I was about SMART Recovery, and how Joe Moreland and I jumped at this chance to do something our way. Of course, as most things that you are feeling very positive about, you don’t properly calculate the number of hours involved in writing, directing, casting, and editing a thirty minute video. But Joe helped to inspire me, believing I could do a good job, being a terrific script editor and producer and keeping me sane. And it was all well worth it.

Ten years later I still believe SMART to be an amazing program and I’ve found myself once again heavily involved as a facilitator in Long Beach and thinking of future projects. We needed to make a few simple edits to update the film, but 99.5% is the same…So please enjoy the video, let us know what you think, and pass it on to friends that might not know SMART. We tried to do a good job shining a light on it.

Jeff Fredriksen is a writer, performer and speaker living in Long Beach, CA where he also facilitates a weekly SMART Face to Face meeting. He invites you to visit his comedy blog



2 thoughts on “Think SMART!

  1. Barbara

    I have a son who relapsed after 2-1/2 years. He was living in Chicago and going to the SMART Recovery meetings, they helped him so much. He actually related to the topics and the people there. No one judged him, so he opened up. Life got hard with the cost of living and he moved back to Rockford, worst mistake of his life and he has also said that. I so wish he could find someone here in Rockford to help him, he wants to live a clean life. Got his CDL and had a future planned. I just don’t know where to turn. So wish there was a non-12 step program in Rockford for him to try going to, can anyone help my son get on the right path or put him in contact with someone here in Rockford, I am just about to fall apart myself. I don’t know how much more of his addiction I can take. He stays with me and has just totally upset my household. I love him and will never turn him out but I can’t keep going like this, I feel like his enabler! I so would love to find a meeting for myself.
    any help would be appreciated,,,,tired of always crying.

    1. Admin Post author

      Hi Barbara:

      I am so sorry to hear of your difficult situation. I know many people who can relate.

      One possibility would be for your son to consider starting a SMART meeting in Rockford. We have a training program for meeting facilitators so that he would be well prepared to start a meeting. See for more info.

      Another possibility is our online community where we hold several recovery meetings 7 days a week.

      And for you, widening your circle of support is a good first step. And support groups are a good place to start, imo.

      We offer SMART Recovery for Family & Friends, with weekly meetings on Mondays and Thursdays and a message board forum for getting feedback and for encouraging others.

      Here’s a link where you can find more info about our online meetings

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