Welcome to the Silicon Valley chapter of SMART Recovery®.

SMART Recovery is a self-help program for ending addictive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse. Our program is abstinence based using science and humanistic values.

We offer free local and on-line self-help meetings held in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz.

 

Alcohol: How to Give It up

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cover thumbnail Alcohol: How to Give It up and Be Glad You Did
Philip Tate, Albert Ellis (Introduction)

Written by a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, this book includes chapters on overcoming low self-esteem, depression, stress,
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Recovery Options: The Complete Guide

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Joseph Volpicelli, Maia Szalavitz

In Recovery Options: The Complete Guide, you will learn what addiction is—and what it isn’t. You will examine both the mechanism of addiction
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Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches

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Reid K. Hester, William R. Miller

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Rational Recovery from Fatness: The Small Book

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Rational Recovery from Fatness: The Small Book
Jack & Lois Trimpey

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Local Meetings

Our face-to-face meeting format runs 90 minutes and promotes open discussion and exploration.

We openly share our experiences with alcohol and drug abuse, or our other addicitive behaviors, and discuss methods for dealing with them.
Find a SMART Recovery meeting near you.


Recommended Reading

Browse the books that make up the foundation of SMART Recovery ideals and principles.

Topics include dealing with alcohol and drug addiction, alcoholism, relapse prevention, self-help techniques, non 12-step approaches to recovery, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and recovery principles.


Connect Online

Our national website hosts online forums as well as online meetings for those who cannot travel or need help now.

These offer quick and convenient access to others seeking independence from their addictive behaviors

Visit the SMART Recovery National Website

From the Blog:

  • Srping 2014 New & Views Newsletter published

    04-07-2014
    The National SMART Recovery® website has published its Spring 2014 Newsletter. We encourage anyone interested in SMART Recovery® to download the full newsletter as a PDF using the link below. Inside this issue of News & Views: Passion and hard work x 2 equals SMART Success 4-Point Program Meeting Joe Gerstein ‘I’m from’ SMART Volunteer Month: training scholarships available Celebrating 20 years: SMART Recovery 2014 Annual Conference Wanted:…
  • Psychology Today article: Overcome Addictions and Procrastination Simultaneously

    11-12-2010
    An article in Psychology Today illustrates commonalities between procrastination and addiction. In the process the article gives a very high-level introduction to some of the SMART tools. Excerpt from Psychology Today: Why would smart people abuse themselves by uncontrolled consumption of alcohol or illicit substances? Do they not see the harm? The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. Some see the danger and fall prey to the "unstated agenda trap" where they say they want to quit,…
  • UK Guardian article: US expert says positive thinking is the smart way to recover from alcoholism

    11-12-2010
    SMART Recovery was featured in an article at guardian.co.uk. Read below for an excerpt, and click 'read more' for a link to the original article. Excerpt: Smart is a positive philosophy. "We believe that addiction is a very human condition that can be corrected, and that it's the people themselves who do that through natural recovery," he says. "We don't think people are hopelessly taken over by addiction. Other people use books, medicines, help from family or professionals, whatever…

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