Welcome to SMART Recovery San Diego

We offer self-empowering, non-12-step mutual help groups for addictive problems. These meetings are free and open to anyone! No one is required to participate. No registration required. Just show up!

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SMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training)



Change myself, change my world



Welcome to our community! Our science-based and self-empowering approach evolves as scientific knowledge evolves. We offer you a new community of helpful and friendly people, and the chance to learn new ways of thinking about yourself and your behavior. Our slogan is “Discover the Power of Choice.” No one will tell you what to do. You can be involved with SMART in whatever way you want to. We look forward to your participation.



We offer tools and information for each of these points:


Point 1

Building and Maintaining Motivation

Point 2

Coping with Urges


Point 3

Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

Point 4

Living a Balanced Life

Examples of SMART Recovery® tools & information

These tools include:
  • Stages of Change
  • Change Plan Worksheet
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis (Decision Making Worksheet)
  • ABCs of REBT for Urge Coping
  • ABCs of REBT for Emotional Upsets
  • DISARM (Destructive Irrational Self-talk Awareness & Refusal Method)
  • Brainstorming
  • Role-playing and Rehearsing
  • USA (Unconditional Self-Acceptance)
You can also find out a lot more about what SMART Recovery has to offer by visiting our national website:



You can help people struggling with addictive problems. Scientific evidence shows that discussion groups work. Particularly during the pandemic, discussion groups support participants to build more positive relationships, better habits, greater capacity to cope with craving, and more productive and meaningful lives. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE ADDICTIVE EXPERIENCE YOURSELF. We are looking for individuals willing to learn a simple guided discussion format (we will train you), and volunteer approximately 1.5 hours at the same time each week, on Zoom. You will have a mentor to guide you through this process. The participants help one another. Your job is to keep the meeting on track, using a process we have developed and tested. We will find substitutes for you when you need to miss a meeting. To learn about the opportunity, and how to complete the free training, please view this page: https://www.smartrecoverysd.org/become-a-facilitator/



Your donation will help make SMART Recovery more available to those who need it. To donate to SMART Recovery San Diego, click the orange PayPal “Donate” button above. If you are not taken to PayPal please refresh this page. To donate to SMART Recovery USA visit, www.smartrecovery.org. The national office can provide a charitable donation letter for tax purposes. SMART Recovery San Diego cannot provide such letters at this time. 


The SMART San Diego website is sponsored by Practical Recovery

Practical Recovery provides self-empowering (non-12-step) outpatient services in San Diego, including individual, family and group therapy, and an innovative alternative to residential treatment.

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