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.

 

A Guide to Rational Living

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Albert Ellis

This classic book by Albert Ellis introduces Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and can teach any intelligent person how to stop feeling miserable about practically
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Willpower's Not Enough

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Willpowers Not Enough Willpower's Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind
Arnold Washington and Donna Boundy

Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth: When a
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When AA Doesn't Work For You

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When AA Doesn't Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol
Albert Ellis

This highly effective book deals with the thoughts and emotions of the problem drinker and provides step-by-step formula to discover,
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Heart of Addiction

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book thumbnail Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors
Lance M. Dodes

Dodes argues that human emotions, not genetics or disease, is the central driver of addictive
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Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We A

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Diseasing of America Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control
Stanton Peele

A popular book explaining the movement in America toward disease theories of
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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:

  • Summer 2014 New & Views Newsletter published

    08-22-2014
    The National SMART Recovery® website has published its Summer 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: A love story 4-Point Program Thoughts on hope and change Exercise your power of choice by attending SMART’s 2014 Annual Conference Call for nominations: The Joseph Gerstein Special Award for Exemplary Service to SMART Recovery Become a…
  • Spring 2014 News & 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,…

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