What To Expect At A SMART Meeting
SMART Recovery is a self-empowerment program for people having problems with addictive behavior. We currently sponsor more than 600 face-to-face addiction recovery meetings around the world, and 18+ online meetings per week. When an individual in crisis seeks out a SMART meeting, or a professional refers someone to a meeting, it can be helpful to know what to expect. This post is intended to be a quick primer on the elements of a SMART meeting so that people who are new to attending meetings – either face-to-face or online – know what to expect.
Two things to know: First, meeting facilitators are trained by SMART. Some are people who have participated in the SMART program, some are professionals (eg. counselors or social workers), some are friends or family of those who have used the SMART program, and some are concerned citizens willing to provide a meeting in their community. Continue reading
Lifestyle Balance is critical to recovery – but how do we balance our lives?
The fourth point of the SMART Recovery® 4-Point Program is to “balance momentary and enduring satisfactions.” Of the four points, it is probably the one that gets discussed the least. This post will discuss the crucial role that Lifestyle Balance plays in recovery.
Lifestyle balance is critical in preventing relapses. Individuals whose lives are full of un-enjoyable activities are likely to relapse back to addiction (which may provide intense, although temporary, satisfaction). We may not enjoy our daily activities if we are too focused on what we “should” do and not enough on what we “want” to do. To use one example, a person who places too much money into retirement funds ends up having their daily budgets tighten, and risks a “binge” of spending that could threaten their savings. If they balanced their budget, rather than putting all their funds in retirement, they would find a better balance.
Lifestyle balance can be considered from a number of perspectives. Continue reading
Anti-Procrastination Workshop Series
Led by Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D.
Friday , July 1st at 7 PM EDT.
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Intro Meeting, Part I
Intro Meeting, Part II
Wrap Up Meeting. Part I
Wrap Up Meeting, Part II
Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D., psychologist and renowned authority in the field of overcoming procrastination, will join SMART Recovery® Online to present an Anti-Procrastination Workshop Series during the month of July. The workshop is an adaptation of his highly successful face-to-face workshops and will last for five weeks. The format of the workshops will follow a concept/application presentation, beginning with a Main Event, followed by three Q&A Sessions, and a final Booster Session to provide an overview and ways forward to end procrastination.
Dr. Knaus is a premier expert in the field of helping people overcome procrastination. He originated the self-help movement for overcoming procrastination and has worked with thousands of people in his individual private practice and in his transformational anti-procrastination workshops. Over 1 million people have benefited from reading his bestselling books on procrastination. Continue reading
An Exercise For Building Urge Busting Muscle
Discomfort is a fact of life. It is especially a fact of life when you have strong urges to engage in addictive behavior and you resist them. Part of the SMART program includes tools to cope with urges – below we’ve included an exercise that may help you cope with the discomfort of urges.
- Let yourself feel the full experience of discomfort – no avoiding!
- Once you’ve felt it, do a gut check – get an overall estimate of the discomfort level. Let’s say on a 100-point scale, you’re feeling discomfort at a 75.
- After you have identified your “discomfort level” divide the discomfort into two pieces:
- The literal, actual sensations you feel and
- The “I don’t want these sensations!” reaction that you have toward the literal, actual sensations.
- Once you’ve made the “cut,” see which piece is bigger. Most folks report it is the “I don’t want these sensations!” part, not the literal, actual sensations part.
- Now you make a second cut. This time cut the “I don’t want these sensations” piece into
- “I just don’t want these sensations” and
- “I MUST NOT have these sensations.”
Which of these two pieces carries more discomfort? Most people say it’s the “I MUST NOT have these sensations” piece. Continue reading