To find an avenue for overcoming alcohol misuse, Shelly Parr recalls she “Googled ‘nonreligious alcohol help’ and SMART was the first thing that popped up — thank goodness.”
That was more than six years ago. Since then, Shelly has embraced the power of choice afforded her by SMART Recovery. “I got my old life back and a whole lot of new life,” she enthuses.
For Shelly, who has hosted up to four SMART meetings a week, the social aspect of the program remains significant. “I knew that first holiday season was going to be rough. I connected with Tom Horvath, and even though I wasn’t in one of his sober houses, he invited me to their holiday events to help me stay sober,” she says.
“I thought we needed to do something like this with SMART, so that New Year’s Day I organized a hike. There ...