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Claire Johnson Saenz has served on the SMART USA, UK and International boards, and her legal advice has guided all three boards toward determinations that positively affect SMART Recovery and its participants. Take, for example, her insights on mandatory use of faith-based 12-step programs. Saenz used the case of a California atheist whose parole was […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: November 6, 2019, 4:47 pm
Opioid Withdrawal Differs by Opioid TypeHow OWS Differs Between Short-Acting Opioids, Long-Acting Opioids, and MAT Medications  A guest blog provided by Mark Pirner, M.D., Ph.D., US WorldMeds Opioid Withdrawal Perpetuates Opioid Use We’ve previously talked about how opioid withdrawal can be a major driver of continued opioid use and dependence. Even if people initially use opioids to get high, that […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 30, 2019, 6:18 pm
SMART Recovery Board President Bill Greer was recently interviewed on the Light Hustle Podcast discussing SMART Recovery, why this program appeals to people, and why, even though it’s a great alternative to 12-step programs, the organization doesn’t allow “bashing” of AA. Find links to his recent interview on Anna David’s website. About the Light Hustle […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 30, 2019, 4:42 pm
A guest blog provided by Dr. Reid Hester, CheckUp & Choices  Excessive drinking is a concern for many, but there is confusion about the terms binge drinking and heavy drinking. Differences between the two have different implications for both self-change and treatment. In this post I’ll discuss the meaning of these terms and how to […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 30, 2019, 3:58 pm
Gayeane “Sam” Lester began attending SMART Recovery online meetings in 2004. Less than a year later, she was co-facilitating online meetings; six months after that, she was facilitating online meetings herself. “Sam was one of the first volunteers when we were developing the online community many years ago,” explains Shari Allwood, former Executive Director for […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 23, 2019, 4:35 pm
The 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference was truly a celebration of our past, present, and future. We honored our amazing community, volunteers, friends, and accomplishments of the last 25 years, and presented a vision of our next quarter century. There is no better way to face the addiction epidemic than through education. So, for this conference, we assembled renowned speakers from […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 21, 2019, 6:52 pm
A blog provided by Kathy Lang, SMART Recovery Family & Friends Facilitator All healthy relationships are based on respecting other’s rights. When we respect each other’s rights, we are recognizing our boundaries. Boundaries are guidelines that define what we feel are permissible ways for other people to treat us. Most of the time we don’t […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: October 21, 2019, 6:38 pm
The first film to feature SMART Recovery as its treatment focal point. People often wonder: Does art imitate life, or is it vice-versa? When it comes to the realities of addiction treatment in America, perhaps it’s neither. This is particularly true of Hollywood and the filmed entertainment industry, which have typically shied away from making […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: September 6, 2019, 6:29 pm
Provided by David Koss, SMART Recovery Facilitator, Capital SMART Participants in SMART Recovery, in fact all individuals who change problematic behavior, owe a debt a gratitude to the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, as developed and refined since the late 1970’s by, among others, Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, a keynote speaker at the 2019 […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: August 28, 2019, 2:38 pm
8 Tips to Support a Friend or Loved One with an Alcohol Problem A guest blog provided by Dr. Reid Hester, Ph.D. of CheckUp & Choices If you’re concerned about someone’s drinking or drug use, this post is for you. “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: August 28, 2019, 1:58 am
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