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SMART Recovery

  • Delivery Format

    In person at Avalon Women's Centre North Shore and online (see below)

  • Date

    Thursdays, from March 17-June 16 with no meeting on April 14th

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Avalon Recovery Society is proud to bring you SMART Recovery, starting March 17th online and in person at Avalon Women’s Centre North Shore.

SMART: Self-Management and Recovery Training

SMART was created for people seeking a science-based, self-empowering way to overcome addictive problems. What has emerged is an accessible method of recovery, one grounded in science and proven by more than a quarter-century of experience teaching practical tools that encourage lasting change.

Can I join SMART if I’m part of a 12-step program?
Yes! You can do SMART in addition to 12 step or on its own.

Far too many people feel powerless over their lives and carry a sense of futility, a dread of staying trapped within an addiction pattern and locked into their circumstances. SMART helps them learn the skills they need to overcome their addictions and transform their lives.

In our mutual support meetings, offered online and in-person, participants design and implement their own recovery plan to create a more balanced, purposeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life.

This program is available to any woman seeking an abstinence-based recovery program.

If you have any questions, please call 604.913.0477 or email for more information. 

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Virtual Yoga

Virtual Yoga is back every Saturday at 9:00am! Yoga with Ellen is a great way to find your Zen and enjoy some mindful movement. This will be a gentle Hatha series. All fitness levels are welcome! To register and obtain Zoom login information, click here
By signing up and attending Avalon’s Virtual Yoga, you agree to release Avalon Recovery Society from all liability relating to injuries that may occur while attending these sessions.

Hatha Yoga involves breath, body and mind. You move your body slowly into different poses to work on your strength and flexibility, while also focusing on relaxation and mindfulness.

There are many physical, spiritual, and mental benefits to yoga. When it comes to mental health, here are some benefits you may find:

  • Release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain, as a result, making you happier
  • Reduced stress
  • Eased anxiety
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved social connections
  • Enhanced sleep patterns

Using yoga as a wellness source allows people, particularly those in recovery for addiction and mental health issues, to focus on what the body can do on its own. Yoga is often beneficial when used in conjunction with other treatment methods.  Here is a great article about Yoga and the Addicted Brain.

Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced Yogi, we invite you to attend.

For more information call 604.542.7772 or email

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  • Delivery Format

    In-Person at Avalon Women's Centre White Rock, #101-1548 Johnston Road

  • Dates


  • Time

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

Notice: Acupuncture resumes at Avalon Women’s Centre White Rock on Wednesday, Mar 2, from 12:00-2:00pm!

Every Wednesday, a licensed acupuncturist, Alison, is at Avalon Women’s Centre in White Rock to provide acupuncture to women in recovery free of charge.  There are 7 spots available each Tuesday between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

For more information or to book a spot, call 604.542.7772 or email

About Alison

Originally from Surrey, England, Alison was first drawn to study medicine after having health struggles of her own. She wanted to understand more, so as to be able to help herself as well as others. Traditional Chinese Medicine became of particular interest to her when she witnessed how greatly acupuncture improved the quality of her grandmother’s life.

The trajectory of her life has taken her in many directions. She spent three years in Berlin, Germany  and finally entered into the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA) in Austin, Texas in 2002. She graduated from AOMA with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2007, having been in practice in the United States since 2008. She moved to Canada in 2016 and worked diligently to earn her license in Canada. She has been a registered acupuncturist under the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) since May 2018. 

Alison feels honored and humbled to have the opportunity to treat the lovely women of Avalon.

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