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Posted on September 10, 2013

1000 SMART Recovery Meetings Worldwide

1000 SMART Recovery MeetingsOn August 30th, 2013, the total number of SMART Recovery meetings reached 1,000 worldwide, with the addition of a new meeting in Upland, California, facilitated by Mike Massey at the Inland Valley Recovery Center. Mike shares, “I became familiar with SMART Recovery after a 2 week rehab program at Reunion House, which I was attending for treatment of my alcohol and pain pill abuse. I’ve been free from my addictive behavior since February 20th, though I’d had many starts and stops through the years. I began participating in local and online meetings and decided that it’s time for me to help others – I’m a good communicator and I like helping people. I took the July SMART Distance Facilitator Training, and I feel honored to now be offering a meeting in Upland, California.”

Facilitator Training

All SMART Recovery meetings are facilitated by volunteers who have been trained via an interactive online (“distance”) training program. The training allows for both self-study to suit the individual’s schedule along with real-time group work. Information is available on the SMART website regarding resources provided to individuals who wish to start a meeting in their community or treatment facility.

SMART Recovery Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings are interactive discussions focused on solutions, not problems. Continue reading


Posted on August 23, 2011

New Facilitator Distance Training Program

FASTSMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its new Distance Training Program platform on September 1, 2011.

“While our Distance Training Program has continuously received high marks from our training participants, we knew we weren’t able to keep up with the increased demand for the training. We were in a situation where individuals expressing a desire to train to start a SMART Recovery meeting were being told they had to wait up to three months before being able to attend a training session”, said Jim Braastad, Volunteer Distance Training Program Coordinator. “It’s a great problem to have, but we quickly realized something had to be done to meet the increasing demand.” Continue reading