Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rational or Irrational?

Posted on August 30, 2011

How To Tell The Difference

Dr. Philip Tate, author of Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did


Once people learn of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), many want to help themselves with it. But their thinking isn’t as easily discernible as they want, and they become confused about what’s rational and what’s not. Here are some ways to help you know.

First, rational thinking is defined as thinking that helps you achieve your goals. On the other hand, irrational thinking is thinking that easily defeats you.

A criterion that is not indicative of rational thinking is normality. For example, some people think “my thinking is normal; anybody would feel that way”. In REBT, we recognize that most people are irrational at least some of the time, so that “normal” entails some degree of irrationality.

Here is a list that assumes rational thinking:

    • You relate to people mostly in a manner that creates good will and the attainment of
    mutual goals.

    • You manage frustrating situations Continue reading


Posted on August 23, 2011

New Facilitator Distance Training Program

FASTSMART Recovery® (Self Management And Recovery Training) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its new Distance Training Program platform on September 1, 2011.

“While our Distance Training Program has continuously received high marks from our training participants, we knew we weren’t able to keep up with the increased demand for the training. We were in a situation where individuals expressing a desire to train to start a SMART Recovery meeting were being told they had to wait up to three months before being able to attend a training session”, said Jim Braastad, Volunteer Distance Training Program Coordinator. “It’s a great problem to have, but we quickly realized something had to be done to meet the increasing demand.” Continue reading

Building Emotional Muscle

Posted on August 9, 2011

An Anatomy Of Emotions Workshop & Podcast
Presenter: Ed Garcia, CSW



SMART Recovery is pleased to announce that Mr. Edward Garcia, CSW, will continue his series of workshops on The Anatomy of Emotions. Understanding Depression and Building Emotional Muscle, will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

From his premise, “We feel the way we think,” presented in his introductory workshop, Mr. Garcia will expand on the question, “How do our thoughts contribute to feelings of guilt and depression?” and will explore ways to build the type of resilience that will see us through rough emotional times. He will look at the specific thoughts we have, the processes we go through from thought to feeling, and how emotions such as guilt can contribute to situational depression. He will then show us how to rationally modify these thoughts and translate these modifications into positive action by learning how to develop our “emotional muscle.” Continue reading

The Brain That Changes Itself

Posted on August 2, 2011

Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
by Norman Doidge, M.D.
Patrick Garnett, SMART Recovery® Volunteer Facilitator & Regional Coordinator (IL)

Brain ChangeIf you are new to recovery you have probably wondered, is it really possible to change? In “The Brain That Changes Itself,” we learn the answer is a resounding yes. Dr. Doidge, a Canadian psychiatrist and award-winning science writer, recounts the accomplishments of neuroscientists involved in neuroplasticity by sharing with us eleven examples demonstrating how the human brain is extremely malleable, well into old age.

Doidge highlights how our brain is a system of processors that process data from our senses and how these processing centers change and adapt based upon the data that enters. We learn how certain brain exercises can offer radical improvement in cognitive functioning in how we learn, think, perceive and remember, and that these improvements are even possible in the elderly.

Changing our behaviors, unlearning a response and learning a new behavior is very possible, Continue reading