A Key to Lasting Change

Posted on October 14, 2014

Coping Skills Help Make Behavior Change Last
~Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Center for Motivation and Change

Dr. Carrie Wilkens CMC Making a change in your life is a pretty big deal. If you’ve moved into the action stage of change, we’d first like to first offer you a huge congratulations! This is a bold move, and one that deserves a lot of praise! Next we’d like to offer you some helpful tips to help make this change a little bit easier, and hopefully a lot more permanent!

Learn a few coping skills

You may have heard this term, coping skills, before and you may not really know what it means. Coping skills are things that you can do to help tolerate a difficult time by using constructive and positive strategies. More specifically, coping skills are what you need to tolerate the difficult moments that come along with making a significant change in your life (like giving up an unhealthy habit, learning a healthy behavior, not giving into impulses, etc.).

When we talk about coping skills, we can break them up into two categories, Continue reading

Webinar: A Conversation with Stanton Peele

Posted on October 7, 2014

Tom Horvath and Stanton Peele
Thursday, October 9, at 9:00 pm EDT


Webinar: Tom Horvath and Stanton Peele
If you spend some time with Stanton Peele, it won’t take long to realize that he asks a lot of questions! For this event, we are turning the tables, and Dr. Horvath will be the one with the questions.

There are several areas in which SMART’s focus and opinions and those of Dr. Peele differ. For instance, according to W.R. Miller “The best predictors of relapse for people treated for alcohol problems are lack of coping skills and belief in the disease theory of alcoholism.” Tom focuses on the former, Stanton on the latter. Listen to these two colleagues and friends discuss this difference in their focus — and watch the fur fly!

This is an unparalleled opportunity to hear a truly broad-based discussion on addiction between two unsurpassed experts in the context of the latest in research and treatment. We have no doubt that this will be a lively and intriguing discussion, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience as well. This is a don’t miss!

There is no charge for this event. Register Today!

Register Today for Webinar with Stanton Peele


Webinar: Tom Horvath and Stanton PeeleTom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP). He has been President of SMART Recovery® for over a decade and is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology, the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists. He is also the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”).

Webinar: Tom Horvath and Stanton PeeleStanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is a seminal figure in the addiction field. Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of drugs and alcohol, social-environmental causes of addiction, harm reduction, and self-cure of addiction. Dr. Peele has developed the online Life Process Addiction Program. His most recent book, with Ilse Thompson, is Recover!Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program. He has authored twelve books and over 250 professional and popular articles. Recognition for his academic achievements in addiction has included the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drug Policy Alliance. Dr. Peele lectures internationally on the meaning, treatment, and future of addiction. Additional information can be found at Dr. Peele’s website.


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Addiction Recovery – A Sports Analogy

Posted on September 30, 2014

​How do you change from a team you’ve supported for a long while?

-HughK, SMART Recovery Facilitator
 

SupportersImagine you are in a stadium FULL of people. The game is drawn and the outcome hangs in the balance.

One team gets the ball, heads towards their scoring end and the crowd, or half the crowd, starts to cheer!

They score! Half the stadium goes WILD! The other half groans! It is the same actual event that they both see – the emotion and depth of their reactions depends on which side they support, and how intensely emotional they feel about their team.

In addiction recovery I was attempting to change teams from the Addiction NAL (in the National Addiction League), to the Engaged NWL (in the National Wellness League). These two teams constantly played off in the Super Bowl of my life!

Some of my family and some of my friends couldn’t understand WHY I ever supported Addiction NAL. But I had my reasons: Continue reading

Watch Us Make History

Posted on September 23, 2014

​We’re making history this weekend with our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference​

Live Streaming
 
Our 2014 Annual Conference will be streamed live on the Internet from the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. this weekend. This is a first for us and we are grateful to a very generous donor whose support has made this possible.

High-quality video will be available and requires little more than a high-speed Internet connection.
 
 

September 27-28, 2014

Live Streaming
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View the Conference

Viewing Schedule:

9/27 (Saturday) 8:45am – 4:30pm (edt)
9/28 (Sunday) 8:45am – 12:30pm (edt)

Test Your Connection ahead of time and we’ll see you this weekend!

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Twitter Fans: Use #smartcon to share your conference experience.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will be opening the conference – a history making event that you won’t want to miss.

Open Event: This is an open event, all are welcome, and there is no charge for viewing. Please use the social media icons below to help us spread the word. Continue reading

Recovery Celebrations – You’re Invited!

Posted on September 16, 2014

25th Anniversary of Recovery Month – September, 17
20th Anniversary of SMART Recovery – September 26-28


Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years
Webcasts In honor of the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a celebratory event at the White House called “Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years.” The event, which will be streamed live on September 17, will feature a panel of recovery advocates who will share their inspirational personal stories and participate in a discussion. Viewers will be able to tweet questions for the panelists to @Botticelli44 using the hashtag #RecoveryatWH at any time prior to, or during the event.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Laurie Dhue, a television journalist and recovery advocate. She will be joined on the panel by:

Christina Huffington, a young person in recovery;
Cris Carter, a former NFL football player and current ESPN analyst in recovery;
Ruben Castaneda, a veteran Washington Post reporter who recently wrote about his path to recovery in his book, S Street Rising;
Tim Willson, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

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Mindfulness

Posted on September 9, 2014

What is Mindfulness?
-Don Sheeley, MD, SMART Recovery Facilitator

What is MindfulnessI use the term “Mindfulness” to mean Active Self-Awareness.

We can be aware of our internal thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, and we can be aware of the interaction of ourselves with the external world (sight, sound, touch, taste, feel). We can be aware that we take in sights and sounds, etc. from the external world and process them and apply our internal thoughts and beliefs to them. Then we can become aware that there is someone who is aware of all that, and that guy is Me, the same me who was 12 years old, then 29, and now 62. (Yikes!) That’s it.

So we’re not really “aware of others.” We are aware that we hear what another says and then we are aware of what we think about that and how we feel about that, and maybe we are aware of how we process that.

Similarly, mindfulness is not necessarily placid, comfortable, or relaxed. Continue reading