New Research Evidence Supports Choice in Recovery!

Posted on January 17, 2017

Many SMART Recovery attendees participated in a national study over the past two years which compared 12-step groups to mutual help alternatives. (You may recall it as the PAL Study.) The overall goal of the study was to determine differences in membership, group participation, cohesion and satisfaction. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Study results have now been published in the “Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment”, and the study found that people in recovery who attended alternative support groups experienced more cohesion and greater satisfaction when compared with members of traditional 12-step programs.  (SMART Recovery, LifeRing and Women for Sobriety meeting participants were included in the study, as well as 12-step participants.)

Importantly, the study also revealed that SMART, LifeRing and WFS should be referred to by professionals – particularly to their clients who are less religious or may be unsure of their commitment to abstinence when first contemplating a mutual Continue reading

Webinar – New Science, New Strategies: Addiction Recovery for 2017

Posted on January 10, 2017

Saturday, January 14th, 2017. 5:00PM EST
Presented by Dr. Reid Hester

SMART Recovery will host Reid K. Hester, Ph.D., for an overview and discussion of recent scientific findings on addiction treatment and support. There are valuable lessons to be learned and new strategies resulting from research that have real implications for people struggling with their use of alcohol, drugs and behaviors.

The event will be enjoyed by individuals struggling with addictive behaviors, as well as the professionals and families who want to help a loved one.

Dr. Hester is the Director of Research at Checkup & Choices and creator of SMART’s CheckUp & Choices companion web course (formerly called Overcoming Addictions). His professional career has included clinical work, program consultation, research, and training in empirically supported approaches to substance abuse treatment.

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New! Improved! Online “SMART Live” Meetings

Posted on January 2, 2017

New features now available in “SMART Live” online meetings!
~SMART Recovery Central Office

Over the past year, SMART has been debuting our new customized online meeting and chat platform – SMART Live.  Our new and improved meeting platform was generously funded by a grant from the Autumn Ridge Foundation.

We are pleased to announce new features that have been recently added.

Check out an online meeting!–  Visual Component: Online facilitators now have the ability to display SMART documents and worksheets such as the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), the Change Plan Worksheet and many other SMART Recovery tools. Now people will have the added benefit of seeing  the tool while it’s being discussed.

–  Improved Group Interactivity: Online        facilitators are now able to enhance the interaction within the group via an onscreen whiteboard — they can use group input to demonstrate in a more effective way just how the  SMART tools are used. Facilitators can also promote group interaction using the “polling feature”.

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Celebrate the New Year with SMART Recovery

Posted on December 26, 2016

ShorelineHere are two good ways to celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of a brand new year.

1.  Check out the online events that SMART has planned for the next week.  Along with the regular chats and meetings, SMART is hosting the annual “New Years Around the World’ event, an all-day (and night) chat hosted by SMART participants all around the world.  Click the link below to find out what’s scheduled and to get instructions on how to log in to online events if this is your first time.

http://www.smartrecovery.org/community/calendar.php

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How to Avoid Conversation Traps

Posted on December 22, 2016

Holiday season seems like a good time to revisit this post from last year on avoiding “conversational traps”  as we gather with family and friends.

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As you approach the holidays and face lots of holiday moments with family and your loved one, it can be helpful to think about ways to improve communication patterns. One way to improve things with your loved one is to learn to avoid “conversational traps”. All of us fall into “traps” at times during conversations…ESPECIALLY when the conversation is about an emotionally charged topic. These “traps” are automatic “default settings” that are often emotional responses to not feeling heard or collaborated with. When communication has NOT been going well, these triggers are more likely, and when your loved one is being secretive, angry, argumentative, dishonest etc, it can be very EASY to fall into any one of these traps in an attempt to “break through” to them.

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A Personal and Professional Look at the Evidence for SMART Recovery

Posted on December 14, 2016

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Anne GilesSMART Recovery’s statement of purpose is to “help individuals gain independence from addictive behavior and lead meaningful and satisfying lives’ and “to support the availability of choices in recovery.” Its stated mission is to “offer no-fee, self-empowering, science-based, face-to-face and online support groups for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction.”

SMART Recovery group protocols, tools and activities are based primarily on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), which is a form of CBT, and motivational interviewing (MI).
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