Monthly Archives: October 2011

Recovery Heroes

Posted on October 25, 2011

Virginia Tech launches new National Quit & Recovery Registry

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How do people beat addiction, and how do they sustain recovery? Those are the central questions driving the National Quit & Recovery Registry, launched in September by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

The National Quit & Recovery Registry collects the experiences of those in recovery through web-based sharing — also known as crowdsourcing — to enhance scientists’ understanding of addiction, whether to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors, such as overeating, excessive sexual activity, and gambling. Led by Warren Bickel, director of the Advanced Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the registry taps the insights and experiences of people who have been in recovery from an addiction for one year or longer.

“No one has ever systematically looked at people in long-term recovery for clues about beating addiction,” Bickel said. “Yet we know from neuroimaging studies that addiction literally changes the structure of the brain. We know, too, that those changes can persist months and even years into recovery. So we’re trying to understand the addictive brain by shining a spotlight on the recovery process.” Continue reading

Effective, Informative & Motivational Recovery Materials

Posted on October 17, 2011


Updates to the Recommended Reading List

The SMART Recovery® Document Update Team is currently working on updating the SMART Recovery Handbook and the Facilitator’s Manual. As part of the process, we’re looking for suggestions for an updated Recommended Reading list to include in these publications.

If you know of any books, articles or other media that is recovery related and you feel would be a worthy inclusion in the Recommended Reading list, we’d appreciate your recommendations.

You may submit the names of up to five recovery-related references using our online form.

Please don’t submit works already on the existing list.

Suggestions of your favorites are being collected until October 31, 2011.

In advance, thank you for your suggestions!

LINK: Submit Suggestions

Join the Fun! Full Day of Speakers and Online Auction

Posted on October 11, 2011


SMART Recovery® Online Hosts 14th Annual Fall FUNdraiser on November 5th, 2011

Download: Printable Flyer

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The SMART Recovery Online community is excited to again host its annual fall FUNdraising event, featuring a lineup of outstanding speakers and a fabulous array of auction items donated by SMART Recovery volunteers and participants. Speakers include recovery experts, book authors, professors, therapists, the founding President of SMART Recovery. A wide array of recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

Fall FUNdraiser

Guest Speakers:
Speaker Schedule – all times Eastern Daylight

8:00 a.m. – Bill White, MA, Author, SMART Recovery® International Advisory Council, The Changing Culture of Recovery in America, hosted by Knittingkris

9:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein, clinical psychologist, author of Three Minute Therapy, The REBT Roots of SMART Recovery®, hosted by Dee

10:00 a.m. – Jonathon Von Breton, Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCDP, An Insider’s Guide to the ABCs, hosted by Aeptennislvr

11:00 a.m. – Dr. Henry Steinberger, Psychologist, MSSW, Ph.D., APA-CPP, Acceptance: The ABCs of REBT Version 2.0, hosted by Jib

12 Noon – Bill Knaus, Ed.D., Clinical psychologist, bestselling author of 25 books on practical applications of psychology, including End Procrastination Now, Procrastination & ADD/ADHD, hosted by Ohansen

1:00 p.m. – Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, SMART Recovery Growth in Australia, the UK and Africa: Compared with the US, hosted by Bill_D

2:00 p.m. – Anne Fletcher, author of Sober for Good and Thin for Life, Many Routes to Recovery, hosted by MomRox

3:00 p.m. – Steve Gumbley, Director of NE Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown U., MA, LCDP, Being a Face in Voice of Recovery, hosted by JvB

4:00 p.m. – Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., internationally known speaker and trainer on CRA/CRAFT, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, CRAFT and Trust Issues, hosted by TwoPutts

5:00 p.m. – Dr. Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP, Being Where You Are and Doing What’s Important, hosted by GJBXVI

6:00 p.m. – Final Auction moments…WHO will win WHAT???

7:00 p.m. – Auction Bidding ends at 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – Telethon - All lines are open for donations at the Central Office Toll free: 866-951-5357

8:00 p.m. – Volunteer Hour and SMART Birthday Celebration Finale! hosted by Kalar

The closing events of the FUNdraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. as we close out our online FUNdraising auction of items donated by SMART participants. Many of the donations are hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items and come from a variety of countries. A few of the many items available: handcrafted jewelry, an Australian Didgeridoo, hand-painted travel mugs, autographed books, an autographed Yankees baseball, a vibrant painting, beautiful photography … and more! Slide show preview of auction items . Bidding closes at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a telethon beginning at 7 p.m. and Volunteer Hour and SMART Online Birthday Celebration in the chat room beginning at 8 p.m.

Please Join Us: Our speakers will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery Online’s voice chat rooms, November 5, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT. To access the SMART Room: Register for SMART Recovery Online. If you would like to attend our speaker event, we recommend registering in advance. Once registered, access the SMART Message Board and when logged in, select “SMART Recovery Chat and Meeting Rooms” – from the blue drop-down bar near the top left of the page. From there, you can select The SMART Room. (Microphones are not required, but sound and a keyboard are necessary to participate in the presentation.) More Info: Registration Accessing the SMART Room

All funds raised during the FUNdraiser are used to keep SMART Recovery Online growing and thriving. Contributions are tax deductible and donors will receive a thank you and an “official” letter for tax deduction purposes at the end of the year.

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New: For Healthcare Professionals in Recovery

Posted on October 4, 2011

Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals
by Maria Elsa Rodriguez, DNP, ACNS-BC


SR Workbook for Healthcare Professionals

New SMART Recovery® Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals

This Workbook was developed to address the paradox of healthcare professionals who are in recovery yet have a lack of resources available designed to meet their specific needs.

The expectation in healthcare is that providers are immune to personal drug or alcohol problems. Intolerance among professionals contributes to denial. Until a drug or alcohol problem is obvious, the impaired professional is more likely than non-healthcare professionals to avoid seeking help.

To meet the needs of healthcare professionals, SMART Recovery® has announced a new publication, Motivational Guide and Workbook for Recovering Healthcare Professionals authored by Maria Elsa Rodriguez, DNP, ACNS-BC. Maria has worked as an acute care adult health nurse for 21 years and as a nurse educator for 8 years. She found it a paradox that healthcare professionals who are in recovery Continue reading