The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network, Inc. worked to solidify and expand its network of alcohol and substance abuse self-help groups, known as Self Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery).
SMART Recovery offers a secular alternative to spiritually based 12-step self-help programs. SMART Recovery relies on cognitive-behavioral principles and is designed to help alcohol and substance abusers achieve abstinence in a finite period (usually six months to a year), rather than relying on lifelong meeting attendance.
Network member professionals and volunteers:
- Wrote or revised manuals for SMART Recovery participants and group coordinators.
- Ran a series of six training workshops for coordinators in New York, Houston, San Diego, Orlando, Chicago, and Boston.
- Publicized the program to correctional facility professionals.
Some 20 new SMART Recovery groups for the general population joined 158 in existence prior to the grant.
Some 18 new groups for those in correctional institutions joined six others already in existence prior to the grant.