[Video] Life Beyond Addiction – Don Allen

Don Allen used to take credit for his achievements, but not his failures. Today, thanks to SMART, he has the tools to manage his thoughts and beliefs about himself and others. A participant at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center in Chicago, IL, Don has learned that every day he has a choice and another chance to try again. And for that he is grateful.

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