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.
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!
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.
The forecast for Wednesday, March 7 is for a lot of snow, so we have decided to cancel the Wednesday night meeting at the Grove in New Haven. We’ll be back at the Grove next week.
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.
The face-to-face meeting at the Southbury UCC gets its first weather-related cancellation in just it’s second week! Since there is a winter weather advisory and the forecast is for snow and freezing rain, we thought we should cancel the December 22 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.
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.)
There will be no Saturday morning meeting on November 11, 2017 as the Wilson Branch Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. We will be back on Saturday, November 18.
Joe, the facilitator for our East Haven meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library on Friday afternoons, has been suffering from a severe health problem since April. He has reluctantly decided to suspend the Friday afternoon meeting until he’s well enough to facilitate again.
Fortunately, we have many other meetings in the New Haven area.
Best wishes to Joe for a speedy recovery, and thanks again to the Hagaman for providing the space and supporting the meeting.