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Community Center Move This Sunday
The move to our new temporary space will take place on Sunday, February 25th starting at 11am after Linda’s meeting. Join us if you would like to lend a hand or simply say farewell to Suite 114.  The new space is on the second floor of Building 8334 in Suite 214. You can see it clearly from the back door of our current space.

SMART Community Members Step Up to Volunteer with Liver Transplant Program
We were recently contacted by the UCSD Health liver transplant program looking for volunteers to visit with patients and talk about their own experience engaging with recovery and SMART. Six members of our community stepped up in the first week to volunteer. It is great to see SMARTies stepping up to give back! We are looking for ways to collaborate further with UCSD Health and other local transplant programs.

SMART Gets Social with The Phoenix
2024 is off to a strong start with a number of social activities added to our calendar. Paul organized an Open Mic Night at our community center last Friday that featured six performers and nearly 30 attendees. Saturday, February 24th, Jeff is holding a Game Night. Both these events will happen monthly and are co-sponsored by The Phoenix, giving folks an opportunity to connect with the broader recovery community.

Mary is organizing a softball team and still needs players to fill the roster. The co-ed team will play Monday evenings at  the Serra Mesa Rec Center starting March 4th. If you’d like to sign up or learn more about the team, contact Mary.

We are hosting another Goal Setting Workshop for The Phoenix at the community center on Tuesday evenings in March. You can sign up for all these events through The Phoenix website or app. You can download the app through the Android or Apple store, register (a quick process), and sign up. The app and all Phoenix events are free for anyone “who is in recovery from substance use, anyone choosing a sober space, and for anyone who is a friend, family member, or ally of The Phoenix movement.”

Getting to Know Our Volunteers

In each newsletter, we get to know one of our volunteers better through their own words. If you would like to to participate and tell the community about you and your involvement with SMART Recovery, please email Megan. This month, we hear from Olivia who started facilitating last November. Our thanks to Olivia for her contribution to the newsletter and all she does for SMART! 

Every Thursday night, I have the wonderful opportunity to facilitate in-person meetings. I have come to really appreciate my SMART community and enjoy connecting with peers every week. My greatest take away from SMART is that we hold the power to define and construct our recovery as it benefits our unique needs.  I appreciate the emphasis on self-empowerment, as I believe it is an important catalyst to making positive changes in one’s life.

Outside of SMART, I am therapist working towards my doctorate at Alliant International University. I would like to continue my clinical work with people who struggle with substance use issues. I also love to hike, read, go to concerts, and play with my orange tabby, Bubs. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania until I moved to San Diego three years ago. I am from a town next to Hershey, where the streets smelled like chocolate when I was a kid.

Recommended Reading

Each month Richard brings a book or article to our attention that connects with ideas we talk about in SMART meetings. If you’ve got recommendations, let Richard know. This month’s recommendation is The Gifts of Imperfection, 10th Anniversary Edition by Brené Brown, Ph. D., L.M.S.W.

Professor and motivational speaker Brené Brown wrote this book for people who find themselves on one of life’s “great unraveling journeys.” These are times “when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live.” Brown identifies recovery as one such journey. The key to successfully navigating it, she explains, is a commitment to the idea of “wholehearted living.” This calls on us to recognize our own worthiness, embrace our imperfection, and cultivate authenticity. We can accomplish this through a combination of courage, compassion (crucially including love for ourselves) and a connection with others.

Brown provides ten specific “guideposts” to help us achieve wholehearted living. These consist of daily practices that we can use to overcome our struggles with addiction, perfectionism and shame, among other things.

Brown’s book parallels SMART’s tool of Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA) With USA, we learn each one of us has intrinsic worth — that we are worthy just as we are, and that we all are deserving of love. This tool teaches us that we can change if we choose and that we are not defined by our behavior. It empowers us to overcome negative self-talk or labels which fuel shame and addiction. In Brown’s words, it allows us all to say to ourselves “Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”


Get Involved

Come to the Community Development Meeting
All are welcome to attend this meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 9:30-11:30 on Zoom. The first half of the meeting covers administration and community planning. The second half is devoted to meeting management. You are free to attend only part of the meeting. If you’ve been thinking of becoming more involved, this is a great way to learn about what we’re working on and where help is most needed. If you have questions about the agenda of the upcoming meeting, contact Megan.

Call for Volunteers!
We need volunteers who want to become more involved in the SMART Recovery San Diego community. If you can give a few hours a month to help with social activities, fundraising, or community outreach, we can use your help! Contact to find out more.

Have You Ever Thought of Facilitating a Meeting?
We are looking for volunteers to start new meetings or serve as substitutes, particularly for in-person meetings. New meetings allow us to reach a broader community who might benefit from SMART. Our training program will pair you with a mentor to offer guidance and support while you prepare to facilitate a meeting of your own. Contact the facilitator training committee.

Find Us on Social Media

Following SMART Recovery San Diego on social media is an easy way to stay in touch and stay informed. We are on Facebook and Instagram.  We also have a Meetup group for our social activities, and a private Facebook group. Contact for more information.

Your Donation Counts

All donations go toward the costs of our Community Center in Kearny Mesa and our Zoom licenses; we have no paid positions. Please help with a monthly PayPal donation. Email with any questions about supporting SMART Recovery San Diego.

Donate with PayPal or Venmo: @SMARTRecoverySD (business account)

Upcoming Activities

Click here to check out all of our social events. 

For more sober social activities in San Diego, visit The Phoenix website or download their app.

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