SMART Recovery

Self-Help Addiction Recovery | SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® | Alternative to AA

People become addicted to experiences. Substances create experiences and behaviors create experiences. This is why we observe the move in the DSM to include diagnoses beyond mere substance use.  Alcohol creates a different experience than meth. Opiates create different experiences than sexually acting out. Gambling creates a different experience than binge eating, and so on and so […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: February 21, 2020, 1:37 pm
helping family member with addictionProvided by SMART Recovery Family & Friends Facilitator, Sara Crosby, MSW, CSW-PIP “The salvation of man is through love and in love.” – Viktor Frankl I love my son.  Classically, I don’t always like him, but I love him in a profound way that poets and philosophers, far more skilled at wordsmithing than I, have made […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: February 13, 2020, 2:04 pm
inviting change - addiction recoveryby Carrie Wilkens, PhD and Jeff Foote, PhD If you have someone in your life who is using substances in a problematic way, you may often wonder what you can do to help them decide to change. You may be frightened or mad at them for making bad choices. It’s also likely you have absorbed […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: February 11, 2020, 2:29 pm
We all know that emergencies and changes of schedule happen. Whether a flat tire, a family emergency, or even a family member’s sporting event or school play – we are sometimes unfortunately and through no fault of our own called away from prior commitments and others who might be depending on us. Facilitating a SMART […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: February 11, 2020, 2:05 am
By Bill Greer, President, SMART Recovery USA In addition to reading this formal announcement, we encourage you to listen to this interview with Board President Bill Greer to hear some additional context around this stance. SMART: ‘Abstinence-Oriented’ Recovery Support Recently, the SMART Recovery USA Board made a minor but important change by replacing the term […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: February 3, 2020, 3:00 am
Michael Werner is retired, but his work with SMART Recovery in North Carolina keeps him busy. “For 30 years I have been doing small addictions groups, trying in my own small way to make a difference,” he says. In fact, his work on behalf of SMART Recovery has made a profound difference. Werner has successfully […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: January 30, 2020, 4:02 am
Siddalls - SMART RecoveryCarol and Richard Siddall learned about SMART Recovery when they met Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, at an AHA conference, but it was another 10 years before they got involved. Once they did, the couple was all in. Invited by a friend to take SMART’s Facilitator training and bring SMART Recovery to Connecticut, the Siddalls were […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: January 29, 2020, 4:57 pm
Becoming a SMART Recovery FacilitatorSo, you are considering becoming a SMART Recovery facilitator. We thank you in advance for your commitment, time, and dedication to the SMART Recovery® organization and to the participants with whom you’ll come in contact. Being a SMART facilitator is an important and rewarding volunteer position. By becoming a SMART facilitator, you support: Providing free […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: January 29, 2020, 4:33 pm
Unconditional Self Acceptance - Helpful VideoWe are pleased to announce the release of our newest Tips & Tools for Recovery that Works! video on the topic of Unconditional Self Acceptance (USA).  USA is an important exercise because, as anyone in recovery knows, addiction to any substance or behavior generates a host of emotions, many of them quite negative, that can undermine your feelings of self-worth. […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: January 29, 2020, 3:56 pm
Dear SMART Community, This message comes with sincere thanks to you for choosing to volunteer your time in support of SMART Recovery. We ask that you please participate in our 2019 Annual Survey. Survey responses will help guide strategic planning and shape the future of SMART Recovery. The survey will be open until February 29. Please respond […]
Author: _SMART_Recovery_
Posted: January 29, 2020, 3:41 pm
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