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SMART Recovery

Many opiate users are looking for a NEW approach to recovery. Regardless of your background (you don't need to have had substance problems), we will train you to lead a new type of recovery meeting where all types of substance users learn from each other and learn the science-based SMART Recovery tools for change. Join a group of 60 meetings each week in San Diego county. Typical time involvement about 2 hours per week. Help us keep people alive and get them back into leading purposeful and connected lives.

SMART Recovery is looking for volunteers to host or facilitate one meeting a week at various locations throughout San Diego County. Training will be provided through a mentorship program (hosts and facilitators) and online course (facilitators). Commitment will be 1 to 2 hours including prep time per meeting per week. We are asking for a minimum of a three month commitment following training.

SMART Recovery is a self-empowering alternative to traditional 12-step approaches intended to help individuals gain independence from addictive substances and/or behaviors. For more information about our organization please visit our national website: and for more information about our organizations presence in San Diego please visit our local website:

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About SMART Recovery


7304 Mentor Ave, Suite F, Mentor, OH 44060, US

Mission Statement

SMART Recovery helps individuals gain independence from any type of addictive behavior, by providing a program of recovery based on scientific evidence about addiction and recovery. SMART Recovery also advocates for choice in recovery, so that individuals needing to change addictive behavior are made aware of their options and allowed to choose freely among them.


SMART Recovery (Self-Mangement And Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from harmful addictive behaviors through its science-based program and its self-help meetings. Our program is evidence-based and evolves as scientific knowledge advances. Our program is secular; neither demanding or demeaning spiritual or religious beliefs. Description: SMART Recovery is a not-for-profit educational organization run by volunteers which offers free abstinence-based self-help meetings, both face-to-face and on the web, aimed at abstaining from harmful addictive behaviors. Within our 4 Point Program we teach people how to: 1.) enhance and maintain motivation to abstain; 2.) cope with cravings and urges; 3.) better manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors; 4.) balance short and long term satisfactions. Volunteers may have recovered from an addiction or may have never been addicted - that seems to make no difference. What is important is that they understand the tools and strategies we offer and approach people with empathy and acceptance, and without pressure or confrontation. A fuller explication of our tools and techniques, meeting and other service offerings, volunteer opportunities, basis in science, related programs, learning materials, and other opportunities to participate may be found at our web-site: and we appreciate people's donations, both money and volunteer time.


We'll work with your schedule.


Groups throughout San Diego areaSan Diego, CA 92101






  • 1-2 hours/week for a minimum of 4 months total
  • Ability to communicate verbally to small groups.

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