Holiday Season Meeting Changes

Holidays can be a difficult time for people recovering from substance abuse.  Drugs and alcohol are readily available at parties.  Family tensions can increase temptation to use.  It’s a great time to go to a meeting, but a hard time to find a meeting due to facilitators taking time off and the venues being closed for the holidays.

These are a few changes to the SMART Recovery meeting schedule in the New Haven area over the holidays:

  • The Saturday morning meeting at the Wilson Library will move to the Children’s Center of Hamden, 1400 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, for December 22 and 29 as the library will be closed.
  • The Monday night meetings on December 24 and December 31 are cancelled.  The affected meetings are the Family & Friends meeting at the Children’s Center of Hamden, and the evening meeting at the American Legion in West Haven.
  • There will be no Tuesday meetings on December 25 and January 1.  The affected meetings are the Teen & Youth meeting at Agora (formerly the Grove), 760 Chapel Street; the evening meetings at SCSU and at the VA Healthcare System on Campbell Avenue.

In the Hartford area:

  • The Tuesday 1:30 PM meeting will be held on Wednesday instead, so the December 25 meeting will be held on December 26, and the January 1 meeting moves to January 2.

If you’re uncertain whether a meeting is happening, contact the facilitator using the contact information on the SMART Recovery web site.  You can look this up at https://smartrecovery.org/local and searching by town, or look at our meetings page.

If there’s no meeting happening and you need support, please visit the SMART Recovery online community at https://smartrecovery.org/community. This includes a 24 hour chat line.

Thanksgiving 2018 – Meetings

Need a drink after getting together with your family over Thanksgiving? Having trouble avoiding retail therapy on Black Friday? Although several meetings will not be held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day itself (check the main SMART Recovery meeting locator for notes about cancellations), most of the meetings over the rest of the 4-day weekend will be held. The Friday meeting at the UCC in Southbury and the Saturday morning meeting in New Haven are happening as usual. Come and talk about your successes and challenges!

CRAFT course in Oxford 10/13, 10/22 and 11/5

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is part of  SMART Recovery’s Family & Friends program, which melds CRAFT with REBT and other tools. There are several Family & Friends meetings in Connecticut.

Oxford, Connecticut’s Local Prevention Council, OASIS, is sponsoring a 10 hour course on CRAFT for the general public. The workshop is spread over 3 days: Saturday October 13th 9AM to 2PM, Monday October 22nd 6PM to 8:30PM, and Monday November 5th 6PM to 8:30PM.  It will be hosted at hosted at Christ Church, 470 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford CT.

For more information OR to register please email vinny@wechoselove.com or call 203-278-1583 and ask for Vinny.

New Tuesday Evening Meeting at SCSU starts on September 11

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) will offer a new weekly SMART Recovery meeting to the public and its own community starting on Tuesday, September 11. The meeting will run from 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM and will be held in Room A113 of Engleman Hall. SCSU recruited an experienced facilitator from the existing SMART Recovery meetings in the New Haven area to lead the new meeting.

First Teen & Youth, Family & Friends meetings in Connecticut start Monday, January 29, 2018 in Hamden

SMART Recovery CT is offering two new meetings to assist both teens recovering from addiction and their friends and families. Both meetings are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Childrens Center of Hamden, 1400 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT.

SMART Recovery is a free, abstinence-oriented, peer-support group based on cognitive behavioral approaches to addiction recovery. The teen meeting is open to any teen with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or other dependencies. The second meeting is open to friends and families who want to help their loved ones succeed in addiction recovery. There is no charge for the meetings, but donations are welcome.

Volunteer & facilitator meeting to replace December 23 Saturday Morning Meeting

Since the Wilson branch of the New Haven Free Public Library will be closed on December 23 and December 30, 2017, we will not be able to hold our regular Saturday morning face-to-face SMART Recovery meeting. (We haven’t found changing meeting locations for one or two weeks to work well.)

As it’s a while since we last held a volunteer meeting, we decided to hold one in the freed-up Saturday morning time slot. So, we will be holding a meeting for facilitators and other volunteers in the Cafe at IKEA, 450 Sargent Drive, New Haven, starting at 10:15 AM on Saturday, December 23.

Besides talking about starting new meetings, publicizing meetings, running more effective meetings, we will discuss holding regular volunteer meetings during 2018.

New Friday evening meeting in Southbury, Connecticut, starts December 15

SMART Recovery is expanding to the other end of New Haven County. After holding meetings in the New Haven area since March, 2014, we are starting our first meeting on the I-84 corridor in Southbury, Connecticut.

Meetings will be held on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the parlor of the United Church of Christ (UCC) at 283 Main Street North in Southbury. (UCC hosts several other recovery meetings.) Main Street North is also Rt. 6 and Rt. 67. UCC is just north of the Southbury Plaza, off exit 15 of I-84. It’s an easy drive from Danbury or Waterbury and a slew of other towns.

There’s free parking in the UCC lot. Enter the building via the left of the two ground level doors accessible from the lot, then go up the stairs to the top level and head around to the left to find the parlor.

(There will be no meeting on March 23 or April 16 due to other events happening at UCC.)

Yoga fundraiser on December 16

Yoga is both a useful tool to help in recovery, and an enjoyable way to spend your time.

Yoga instructor Wendy McLeod will be offering three yoga classes at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, 57 Olive Street, New Haven, CT from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 16. One class is $10, two for $15, or all three for $25. Funds raised will be used to support legal fees and community advocacy for those hiring a lawyer for the first time through a donation to New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

For more information and to book, see the Eventbrite listing.