Volunteer Recognition Award Background

The heart of SMART’s 25th Silver Anniversary celebration in 2019 is the story of an extraordinary community of volunteers who have built a world-wide organization devoted to supporting individuals recovering from addiction and their family members and friends. These volunteers include addiction scientists and treatment professionals who designed a self-empowering 4-Point Program® and joined people with the experience of recovery and trained them to lead mutual support group meetings. 

Together they have created and refined a peer-professional mutual-support group model that combines the best science for treating addiction with the lived experience of recovering from addiction – the world’s largest and only community of this kind with more than 3,000 group meetings in 23 countries. Each year, participants in these groups help each other recover at more than 150,000 meetings, in-person and online, led by volunteers trained how to use the SMART program.

Throughout SMART's 25th Silver Anniversary year, culminating in our Annual Conference September 20 - 22 in Chicago, we will honor volunteers representing many types of individual service.  We are using this Volunteer Nomination Form to help us identify those who deserve recognition, including:

  • Longest-Serving Facilitators (could select by region) – 25, 20, 15, 10 years
  • Facilitator of Most Meetings
  • Longest-Serving Regional Coordinator
  • Online Facilitator(s)
  • Most distinguished, longest-serving facilitators of Family & Friends and other meetings (InsideOut/correctional, teens/young adults, military veterans, low-income communities/inner city neighborhoods)
  • Most Innovative/Creative Facilitator(s)
  • Moving/Inspiring Stories of Service
  • The scientists, psychologists and counselors – including many who themselves recovered from addiction – who created and refined the program, providing expert training and guidance.
  • Individuals who introduced SMART to countries around the world and established our strong and growing global presence.
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