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Discover the Power of Choice

How “decision fatigue” affects willpower and self-control Julie Myers, Psy.D., MSCP Recent research on the topic of willpower shows that we, as human beings, have limited decision making capacity. That is, in any given day, we may simply run-out of the mental energy that is required to make decisions. Researcher Roy Baumeister, PhD calls this […]
Author: _Admin_
Posted: May 14, 2019, 10:09 am
Neuroplasticity and Addiction Recovery Peter Soderman, SMART Recovery® Facilitator, Mexico Our brains have the ability to rewire themselves, changing structurally and functionally, in response to changes in our environment and our experiences. For most of the twentieth century, the general consensus among neuroscientists was that the brain was relatively fixed and immutable after a certain […]
Author: _Admin_
Posted: May 9, 2019, 8:20 am
Submitted by Bill Greer, SMART Recovery USA Board President Over my 42 years in Washington, DC, I have participated in numerous legislative campaigns, including the Reagan and Bush II tax reforms and a battle between the entire retail and credit card industries to eliminate swipe fees. These efforts took many years and funding well into […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:40 pm
How quickly time flies by!  For my first Executive Director’s Column, I want to share some early memories of when I first started with SMART Recovery. I also want to outline some of the key projects and outcomes we are excited to have completed or are currently working on, with involvement by many in our SMART […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:22 pm
Provided by Katie Mackey, SMART Recovery E-Learning Coordinator A growing number of individuals, family members and friends are finding our self-empowering program helpful in recovering from all types of addictive substances and behaviors. Unfortunately, many more are disappointed to find that there are not yet SMART meetings in their area, which means we have an enormous […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 22, 2019, 3:40 am
A guest blog provided by Mark Pirner, M.D., Ph.D. If you are in recovery, you’ve probably been through opioid withdrawal at least once and probably more. Some people compare opioid withdrawal to ‘the worst flu in your life’ but I’m not sure that accurately captures the agony, depression, hopelessness, pain and despair. Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (OWS) […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
SMART Recovery was recently featured in the YouTube show REALITY CHECK starring Kittie KaBoom, which streams courtesy of RECOVERY TV, a non-profit recovery-related media content company and digital hub based in L.A. The episode featuring SMART can be viewed on Recovery TV’s website or on Recovery TV’s YouTube channel. RECOVERY TV, founded by Los Angeles SMART […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 18, 2019, 7:08 pm
SMART Recovery has secured a group rate of $109 per night at The Westin Chicago Northwest for our upcoming 2019 SMART Recovery Annual Conference happening September 20-22 in Itasca, Ill. (a suburb of Chicago and close to the O’Hare Airport). Based on availability, this rate may be available three days before and after the conference (September […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 18, 2019, 12:07 pm
with Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky by Dee (Dolores Cloward) We are excited to share with you this interview with Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky that discusses love and relationships, specifically, in the context of addiction. Dr. Peele and Mr. Brodsky approach the world of addiction from a broad lens, and their conversation is both thought-provoking […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 17, 2019, 2:13 pm
Although the terms alcoholic and alcoholism are often used in discussions about heavy drinking, the science community has been moving away from these terms for years now. There are two primary reasons to use more nuanced terms: Alcohol problems are not a “yes” or “no” issue. You don’t need to be at “rock-bottom” to experience […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: April 11, 2019, 3:06 am
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