New Alternating Friday Meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven

We’re very pleased to restart meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512

SMART Recovery Connecticut’s founding facilitator, Joe Esposito (CASAC-T), will be running the meeting from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM on alternating Friday mornings. Please check our meetup site or the main SMART Recovery local meetings listing for exact dates.

We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Hagaman Memorial Library.

New Tuesday Night Meeting at the West Haven VA Health Center

We are very pleased to announce a new Tuesday night,  7:30 to 8:30 PM meeting will be held at the VA Hospital on Campbell Avenue in West Haven, Connecticut.

Loreen Lawrence will be the facilitator. The meeting is open to anyone. Please come to the main entrance and ask for directions to the meeting. Since this is a federal facility, you will be asked to provide ID.

Numerous people worked on getting this meeting started. SMART Recovery’s Founding President, Joe Gerstein, gave several presentations at the West Haven VA. We have also enjoyed the presence of several participants from the VA’s excellent PTSD treatment program at our other New Haven area meetings.

New Year Checkup

The New Year is a good time to take stock. After you have checked your smoke detector batteries:

If you’re making New Year resolutions, fill in a change plan worksheet. You can use the tools of SMART Recovery to plan and implement many changes in your life.

Saturday morning meetings over the holidays

Our Saturday morning meetings are usually held at the Wilson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library.  The library will be closed on December 26 and January 2, so we have temporarily moved the meetings to the Happiness Lab, 756 Chapel Street (the same location as our Wednesday night meetings). We will be back at the Wilson Branch Library on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Online mindfulness course

At SMART Recovery meetings, mindfulness is often cited (along with positive thinking, exercise, meditation, yoga, martial arts, etc.) as a way of dealing with urges and achieving a happier life.
Monash University (Australia’s biggest university) will be running a free MOOC on “Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance”, starting on September 14.
It runs for six weeks and requires around 2 hours work per week:

This may be a good way to try out mindfulness from the comfort of your own computer.

August meetings added at Wilson Branch Library

As soon as we announced that we’d held our last New Haven meeting until September, Richard went ahead and arranged to hold meetings in August at the Wilson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library system. It’s a few blocks from our usual home at the Grove, right behind the Yale-New Haven Hospital at 303 Washington Avenue. There’s free parking in the library lot.

We’ll be holding meetings from 10 AM to 11:30 AM on all five Saturdays in August.