Monthly Archives: May 2011

Honoring The Diversity Of Recovery

Posted on May 31, 2011

There are as many types of recovery as there are individuals

diversityIf there are as many ways to recover as there are individuals, then SMART Recovery®, or any approach, group, or treatment, will appeal to, or be helpful to, only some individuals. I hope that no one associated with SMART Recovery ever overlooks the diversity of addiction recovery. Recoveries are diverse because humans are diverse. In this post, we will look at some of the ways that recoveries differ.

1. Degree of natural recovery – Most of those who recover do so without ever attending a self-help group or treatment center, even if the addiction was severe. These individuals often receive substantial support along the way, but it comes from friends and family. (This does not mean that most of those currently addicted will recovery naturally, but rather that most of those who have recovered have done so naturally.)

2. Involvement goal – If an addictive behavior is defined not simply by use or level of involvement, but primarily by the negative consequences it causes, Continue reading

Get SMART In Baltimore

Posted on May 24, 2011

Annual Conference, October 7-9

BaltimoreSMART Recovery will host its 2011 Annual Conference from October 7 through October 9, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel BWI.

Volunteers, face-to-face meeting and online participants, board members and friends of SMART Recovery will enjoy:

• The opportunity to personally meet one another
• The ability to network with one another
• The chance to share successes
• The occasion to help determine ways forward for the organization
• The chance to feel part of an international community of people helping one another
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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Q&A

Posted on May 18, 2011

Special Event
Presenter: Dr. Michael Edelstein

SMART Recovery® is delighted to announce that Dr. Michael Edelstein will join us on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm EDT to speak about SMART and its foundation in REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), as set forth by Dr. Albert Ellis.

This will be a one-hour session in the SMART Room at SMART Online and Dr. Edelstein will focus a large portion of the time on Q&A.

Update: Listen to the podcast of this event.

Dr. Michael R. Edelstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience and has a private practice in San Francisco, offering in-person as well as telephone sessions, and he is a SMART Recovery Professional Advisor.  He is the author of  Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life , a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems.

Dr. Edelstein was awarded Author of the Year for this book, and Dr. Albert Ellis personally endorsed it as follows: “Of all the books that explain [Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy] in simple, clear, and highly usable form, Three Minute Therapy is one of the very best. Continue reading

Understanding Fear & Anger

Posted on May 10, 2011

An Anatomy of Emotions Workshop
Presenter: Ed Garcia, CSW


angerfearSMART Recovery® is very pleased to announce that Mr. Edward Garcia, MA, CSW, will continue his series of workshops on The Anatomy of Emotions with the second in the series, Understanding Fear & Anger, which will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2011 in the SMART Recovery SMART Room from 8:30-9:30 p.m., EDT.  From his premise, “We feel the way we think,” presented in his introductory presentation, Mr. Garcia will expand on the question “What ARE the thoughts that underlie fear and anger?”  He will look at the specific thoughts we have, the processes we go through, from thought to feeling, and how these two emotions, anger and fear, are inextricably tied.  The previous session (Anatomy of Emotions) is available as a podcast on SMART Recovery’s new podcast site.

Among many achievements, Mr. Garcia has an [extensive and diverse background in the field of human behavior. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from New York University. His post graduate work was conducted at the Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy, where Mr. Garcia worked extensively with Dr. Albert Ellis, founder of REBT, and on whose work SMART is founded. Continue reading