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.


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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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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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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The final fix for alcohol and drug addiction: AVRT, addictive voice recognition technique

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The final fix for alcohol and drug addiction: AVRT The final fix for alcohol and drug addiction: AVRT, addictive voice recognition technique
Jack Trimpey

The Final Fix introduces and explores the concept of AVRT (Addictive Voice Recognition Training). This very
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Changing for Good

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cover thumbnail Changing for Good
James Prochaska Ph.D., John Norcross Ph.D. & Carlo DiClemente Ph.D.

This groundbreaking book offers simple self-assessments, informative case histories, and concrete examples to help clarify each
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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

    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

    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

    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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