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.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $49,447 from July 1996 to June 1997.