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SMART Recovery USA, Inc.

Life Beyond Addiction

aka Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network   |   Mentor, OH   |  www.smartrecovery.org

Mission

SMART’s mission is to empower people to achieve freedom from addictiion and problematic behavior problems with our science-based 4-Point Program®. Our vision is a fulfilling and meaningful addiction-free life for all.

Notes from the nonprofit

SMART Recovery is a recognized resource for substance abuse and addiction recovery by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Center for Health Care Evaluation, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Awarded Top 25 Drug Addiction Blogs by Feedspot in 2017.

Ruling year info

1993

SMART Recovery Board President

Mr. Bill Greer

Main address

7304 Mentor Avenue Suite F

Mentor, OH 44060 USA

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Formerly known as

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self-Help Network

EIN

52-1811500

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Addictive Disorders N.E.C. (F50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In response to the addiction epidemic – recognized as the greatest healthcare crisis of this century – SMART has quintupled in size this decade to 3,000 groups meeting weekly in 23 countries, including more than 1,700 in the U.S. Many addiction treatment professionals are using our program, comprising two-thirds of the 3,000 people who take our training each year. Our meetings provide self-empowering support for tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. SMART has been providing this support for 24 years – a record of success effectiveness supported by research. The enormity of the addiction crisis, however, requires that we must grow much more to reach the millions who are affected. In the U.S.:  Drug overdoses kill more than 70,000 people each year, including 50,000 from opioids.  Alcohol disorders take 90,000 lives.  Only one in ten of the 20 million people with substance use disorders receive specialized treatment and recovery support, discouraged by the stigma associate

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mutual Support Meetings for Addictive Behaviors

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) supports individuals who facilitate in-person and online meetings to help individuals conquer addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating, and other behaviors regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual preference, and philosophical positions. SMART Recovery is a self-empowering program set firmly in the context of science with evidence-based techniques guiding the program. SMART Recovery teaches individuals how to overcome their addictions and lead meaningful fulfilling lives.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as developed by Albert Ellis, PhD, combined with Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills are the methodologies used by SMART Recovery in its 4-Point Program that teaches individuals the following skills: 1) building and maintaining motivation, 2) coping with urges, 3) managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and 4) living a balanced life.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Training for volunteer Facilitators and Meeting Hosts for SMART Recovery's 4-Point Program for Addiction Recovery is available either in distance training form or live via Zoom for groups of 10 or more.

Facilitator Training consists of 30 hours of intensive and extensive self-study provided through SMART's Distance Training platform to prepare individuals to start, facilitate, and promote SMART Recovery meetings with confidence. The training materials are presented in multimedia formats including video presentations and reading materials, which guide the trainee through the course. The Distance Training Team is on hand throughout, supporting the experience with online forum discussions, while the training exercises and review materials allow individuals to measure their progress as each of the training segments is completed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Premiere Big Bang Recipient 2010

Foundation Beyond Belief

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Training Registration Over Time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Training for Meeting Facilitators

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As SMART becomes more widely known & accepted, the number of individuals participating in our training has increased dramatically. Each person trained impacts new meetings & the # of people served.

Meeting Growth Over Time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults, Families

Related Program

Mutual Support Meetings for Addictive Behaviors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2022 meeting numbers reflect reductions based on COVID-19, a thorough meeting audit conducted at the beginning of 2022, and the segregation of international meetings into a separate non-profit.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Meetings: Continued growth in meeting numbers and availability of SMART Recovery face-to-face and online meetings to currently underserved geographic areas and demographic groups such as veterans and college students.

2. Awareness: Increasing the awareness of SMART Recovery among key audiences, including prospective participants, addiction professionals, legal and court systems, and public healthcare policy organizations.

3. IT Capabilities: Modernize, develop, and expand SMART's technology capabilities.

4. Volunteer Support: Increase the support for, and organization of, our valued volunteers.

5. Training: Continue to evaluate and improve our online and onsite training programs.

6. Governance: Continued governance and board development.

1. Meetings: Establish an expert brainstorming working group to determine potential additional areas of growth including specific underserved geographic areas and demographic groups not yet accessed; set numeric meeting objectives for these areas and groups.

2. Awareness: Create a Communications Committee with the talent to develop a communications plan and the expertise to seek resources to carry out the plan.

3. IT Capabilities: Engage a Certified Information Systems Auditor to provide an assessment of the current IT environment including systems, resources, and firewalls; and to make recommendations for upgraded functionality and safety.

4. Volunteer Support: Hire a half-time Volunteer Manager and establish a Volunteer Help Desk when funding becomes available.

5. Training: Continue to review and assess program evaluation forms; implement methods of improving training methods where needed.

6. Governance: Update bylaws, seek specific areas of expertise as board seats become available, create succession planning documents for the executive director and staff, review and implement best practices as prescribed by Board Source and other professional organizations.

1. Meetings: Volunteer reviewers with requisite skills and abilities will be convened to constitute the working group described under “Strategies," above.

2. Awareness: Appropriate volunteers will be assembled to constitute the Communications Committee and set its goals, including the fundraising plan for professional resources that will take SMART to the next level of increased awareness and generation of referrals to the program.

3. IT Capabilities: Financial resources are required to hire a Certified Information Systems Auditor as well as the IT resources needed for ongoing support of operations and online programming.

4. Volunteer Support: SMART Recovery plans to seek funding to support the envisioned Volunteer Manager and Help Desk noted above.

5. Training: Volunteers who are trainers and subject matter professionals can determine which improvements can be implemented. Some training features may require finances to implement, such as updating audio-visual content.

6. Governance: The board has been working together in 2016 and 2017 to review publications dedicated to enhancing governance. Engaging outside resources to facilitate board self-assessment and implementation of improved governance activity is required to make greater strides in this area.

1. Meetings: While growth has been strong, the demand continues to outweigh availability. We are approaching 3,000 meetings worldwide, impacting an estimated 30,000 individuals, if not more

2. Awareness: Growth in awareness has been mostly anecdotal, without the benefit of a communications plan and funding. We are adopting a Freedom from Addiction campaign in 2019 to support raising growth oriented funding.

3. IT Capabilities: SMART is currently seeking an IT Certified Auditor.

4. Volunteer Support: The current small staff does an admirable job of supporting existing volunteers, but with anticipated ongoing growth, the additional part-time staff member will be required.

5. Training: All training evaluations are carefully reviewed and the data will be studied prior to incorporating definitive changes.

6. Governance: The board has completed its first annual self-assessment, and has created a 5 year Freedom from Addiction Strategic Plan. Gaps in best practices will be addressed.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SMART Recovery USA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Greer

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2024

Joseph Gersten

Retired Clinical Asst Professor of Medicine, Harvard University

Randy Lindel

Accounting & Marketing Consultant

William Greer

Communications Consultant

Robert McDonough

Investment and Risk Management Professional

Dan Hostetler

Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center

Ron Lott

Retired Writer, Entrepreneur & Business Executive

A. Thomas Horvath

Practical Recovery

Louis Leake

Caroina Treatment Center of Fayetteville

Megan Goodrich

Self-employed Recovery Coach

Linda Jeppesen

Retired CEO, CFO, COO

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data