Below, we’ve addressed our most frequently asked questions (FAQs):
Do I need to sign up before I attend my first meeting?
I want to just observe a meeting and not necessarily participate (this includes students). Is that OK?
Is there any charge to participate in SMART Recovery?
Is the meeting schedule posted on the website up to date? Should I call to confirm that a meeting is running?
Are there any other SMART Recovery meetings in San Diego besides the ones on the current schedule?
Are there “open meetings” and “closed meetings?" Which meetings may I attend?
- individuals in recovery from any type of or combination of addictive behaviors
- individuals who are not sure if they need help with changing their behavior
- individuals who are court-mandated to attend meetings (we can provide verification of attendance)
- individuals who are there to support their loved ones (such as family members or friends) or to learn about SMART Recovery so that they can encourage others to attend
- students or anyone else interested in learning about SMART Recovery and self-help programs
Are there meetings for beginners?
What should I expect at my first meeting?
Are the meetings completely anonymous? Do I have sign in or give my name?
I've been mandated to attend self-help meetings due to the consequences of my substance abuse, and I'd like try SMART Recovery. Can you provide me with some kind of certificate to prove that I'm participating in your program?
I am not personally struggling with addictive behaviors, but I would like to attend a meeting to support a loved one or to learn more about self-help groups. Is that OK?
How can I prepare for my first meeting?
However, in order to get the greatest benefit from the self-empowering approach used in our meetings, it can be helpful to learn, outside of meetings, more about SMART Recovery.
We have basic information about SMART Recovery here on this site, and our national website contains a vast amount of helpful resources.
In addition to studying the national website, for more in depth information we also highly recommend purchasing the SMART Recovery Handbook. It is often available at our meetings ($10), and you can also purchase it online here.
I’m interested in volunteering with SMART Recovery and/or starting a new meeting in the San Diego area. How do I get started?
We welcome volunteers! We provide thorough training to our volunteers, and volunteers are essential to the services that we provide. For more information about volunteering, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
I am in crisis now and/or need treatment referrals. Who can I speak to right now?
There are no meetings that are convenient to where I live and/or my schedule. How can I participate in SMART Recovery?
I have other questions about SMART Recovery.
Feel free to send us an email from the contact page. We are here to help!
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.