Powhatan church hosts SMART Recovery meetings for addicted individuals & their families


In the Village of Powhatan, there is now help for people seeking to break out of addiction.

The pastor of the Powhatan Church of the Nazarene says until now, people had to travel to Wheeling or beyond to get help, and that was often difficult for them.

So he started a chapter of SMART Recovery, which stands for Self Management And Recovery Training.

It’s an international program, and a non-faith-based approach. 

Yet it’s the one that Pastor Bill Coker deliberately chose to offer.

“Yes, I have a faith,” said Coker. “But I wanted this to be available to anyone and everyone.”

It’s based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

It teaches people to recognize their irrational thoughts.

Perhaps a person believes that because he lost his job, he’s a failure.

Or because her parents may have yelled at her, she’s an idiot.

There’s a meeting once a week for people with addictions, and another weekly meeting for family members or friends of an addicted person.

“It teaches them how to have a positive sense within themselves and not use threatening, demanding, arguing types of approaches,” said Pastor Coker.

He says 80 people have gone through the program in the past two and a half years, and about 20 percent have succeeded in recovering from their addictions.

The Family and Friends group meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday.

The SMART Recovery self-management group meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday.

There is no cost, but they have the option to purchase the $10 workbook.

For more information, you can call the church at (740) 795-5185.

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