Monthly Archives: September 2011

New Publication Available For Group Therapists

Posted on September 27, 2011

Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders from a SMART Recovery Perspective:
A Manual for Group Therapists
by Dawn Adamson, RN, CPMHN(c), CARN, and A.G. Ahmed, MD, FRCPC

SR Manual For Group Therapists

This new publication was developed in the forensic unit at Brockville Mental Health Centre, a division of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. “A significant percentage of individuals within the forensic service have drug-related problems, either as the principal diagnosis or as a co-morbid condition. With that in mind, this program and Manual aim to engage the individual in the recovery process, increase individual insight, motivate, and sustain change through education and skill development. The program has been adapted and delivered in a community setting to individuals with co-occurring mental disorders,” states co-author Dawn Adamson.

The program incorporates The Integrative Model of Change (Prochaska and DiClemente, 1984), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (Ellis, 1991) and Solution Focused Therapy (DeShazer 1991).

There are three main objectives for this program: Continue reading

Participants Wanted For Scientific Study

Posted on September 21, 2011

Study To Determine Effectiveness Of “Overcoming Addictions”
(Web-Based Program)

Download: Printable Flyer

SR Web Course

SMART Recovery has been working with Reid K. Hester, Ph.D. Director, Research Division, Behavior Therapy Associates, LLP, to create a new web-based program: “Overcoming Addictions”.

We are now seeking new (one month or less) SMART Recovery participants to enroll in the clinical trial (the scientific test to determine how effective the program is, funded by NIAAA).

You may benefit in two ways:

    1. You may learn how to achieve and maintain abstinence from drinking and

    2. You may get support from others in SMART Recovery that could help with your recovery.

We will also reimburse you for your time to collect outcome data for the study.

To determine if you are eligible to participate, please review the inclusion and exclusion critera:

Don’t miss your chance to contribute to this important scientific research on addiction recovery. The number of participants who will be accepted into the trial is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading

White House Rep To Speak At SMART Conference

Posted on September 13, 2011

Peter Gaumond
Chief of the White House Recovery Branch,
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

BaltimoreSMART Recovery® (SMART) is pleased to announce that Peter Gaumond, Chief, Recovery Branch, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will be a guest speaker at the SMART Annual Conference, October 7-9, 2011.

The Recovery Branch of the ONDCP was established in 2010 and Peter is its first Chief. In this role, Peter is responsible for reviewing laws, regulations and policies in the context of the new recovery agenda. Quote: “The culture of recovery used to mean AA recovery. Now, it’s more diverse. And all the energy is coming from the recovery community itself.”

Peter recently participated in the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in September of this year, as moderator of a panel discussion on “Alternatives to the 12-Step Treatment.”

Registration for the SMART Annual Conference is open through September 16, 2011.
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What We Can Learn, We Can Unlearn

Posted on September 6, 2011

Neuroplasticity And Addiction Recovery
Peter Soderman, SMART Recovery® Facilitator, Mexico

Brain Activity

Our brains have the ability to rewire themselves, changing structurally and functionally, in response to changes in our environment and our experiences. For most of the twentieth century, the general consensus among neuroscientists was that the brain was relatively fixed and immutable after a certain critical period during early childhood. This belief has been challenged by new findings and evidence, especially detailed brain imaging that has conclusively proven that our brains retain a significant ability to change, which is called “plasticity,” into adulthood, and even old-age. This characteristic of the brain, called “Neuroplasticity,” is responsible not only for our ability to learn and unlearn, but also for the ability of some people to recover from serious injuries, strokes, and diseases that disable or disrupt some of their brain functions. Continue reading