New Year’s Eve Around the World 2023

This special event is a celebration of community by observing together the arriving new year in each time zone.

Schedule of Meetings

Time (EST) When It’s Midnight In… Topic & Facilitator & Zoom Link
5:30 – 6:30 a.m. New Zealand Dealing with Loss in Recovery – Facilitated by Kevin Minnick
6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Marshall Islands Locus of Control – Facilitated by Brad Glasser
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane The Biochemistry of HALT the BADS (HALT) –
Co-Facilitated by Ammar43 & Hatrick
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Adelaide, Broken Hill, Ceduna The Biochemistry of HALT the BADS (BADS) –
Co-Facilitated by Ammar43 & Hatrick
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Japan, South Korea How did you leave your comfort zone this year?
How will you leave it next year? – Facilitated by Kibou
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Perth Jeopardy – Facilitated by Hammer
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam Curing a Failure to Communicate – Facilitated by Grammie
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Bangladesh, Kazakhstan Mindfulness and Positivity (what the research says) –
Facilitated by Dr. Bobbe Baggio
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pakistan, Uzbekistan Planning for a Balanced Life – Facilitated by HopeDragon
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijian Dedication to Yourself – Facilitated by JunosMom
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Moscow, Iraq, Kenya, Turkey Locus of Control – Facilitated by Brad Glasser
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Egypt, Finland, Greece, Israel, S. Africa Jeopardy- Facilitated by Hammer
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. France, Germany, Italy, Spain Unconditional Self-Acceptance vs Self-Esteem –
Facilitated by Eboni
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Britain, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal Pets and Recovery – Facilitated by Elle_Zed
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Azores, Cape Verde Boundaries – Facilitated by Tammy Ginader
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fernando de Noronha, S Sandwich Islands Family Feud- – Facilitated by SuzieSMARTFriends
9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Argentina, Brazil, Chile SMART Recovery Motivational Tools –
Facilitated by Dr. Joe Gerstein
10:30 – 11:30 p.m. Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela Drink Refusal Activity – Facilitated by Michael (LiveProud)
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time US & Canada, Peru SMART Trivia – Morgan9
12:30 – 1:30 a.m. Central Time US & Canada, 4-Point Meeting – Facilitated by Glenn (agpull100)
1:30 – 2:30 a.m. Mountain Time US & Canada Name it to Tame it – DISARM The New Year’s Eve Salesman –
Facilitated by Stefan Neff
2:30 – 3:30 a.m. Pacific Time US & Canada 4-Point Meeting – Facilitated by GrouchoMarks

This annual volunteer driven event, has been an important part of many individuals New Year’s Eve plans since 2007.  While previously limited to SROL participants and volunteers, this years celebration is open to the entire SMART Recovery community! Our goal is to offer a lighthearted, entertaining, and supportive space for the entire SMART Recovery community across the globe.

Our NYE-ATW event creates fun ways for people to talk about recovery, period. It’s a unique way to give and receive support from others in recovery, meet new people, and participate in a festive recovery atmosphere. We love being able to offer an alternative way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, which we know can be a challenging holiday.

This event starts December 31st at 5:30 a.m. ET and ends on January 1st at 3:30 a.m. ET with volunteers hosting hourly timeslots. This can be a challenging holiday, so we love being able offer an alternative way to celebrate entering the New Year in recovery!

What People are Saying About Last Year’s Event

“Felt so supported by the level of commitment it takes to provide the event – thank you!”  

“Interesting lineup and topics!” 

“[I liked] the format, and fact that so many people were attending multiple meetings, so it felt like a real community over the course of the day and night.

“[I liked] joining others from different countries and cheering each other on.”  

How to Participate

No registration is required this year. Meeting links will be coming soon. Please note: no meeting verifications are provided for this special event.

RSVP on Facebook

Help us spread the news of our free, virtual event with your connections. RSVP to this event on Facebook and share it with friends and family.

How to Volunteer

Volunteers are welcome to sign up with a co-facilitator or meeting helper. There is the opportunity to host an hour on our specialized calendar including: Military Veterans & First Responders, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Women’s/Men’s, Spanish and more! If you volunteer for a specific audience, we encourage you to consider facilitating an hour for our communities in need of additional support this holiday season.  

Are you a trained volunteer? To host an hour for NYE-ATW, see VolunteerHQ for the contact information. 

You don’t want to miss out on this fun day of community, celebration, and cheer. We look forward to seeing you and ringing in the new year together!


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