Monthly Archives: January 2012

Combatting Procrastination

Posted on January 31, 2012

Understanding, Identifying and Correcting Procrastination Habits
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procrastination One of the greatest traps for a person trying to overcome an addictive behavior is procrastination. SMART Recovery and Dr. Bill Knaus are pleased to jointly announce their new video presentation: Combatting Procrastination. The video is now available on SMART’s YouTube channel. The video presents introductory material and a model for understanding, identifying, and correcting damaging procrastination habits.

Psychotherapist Dr. Bill Knaus, renowned authority in the field of overcoming procrastination, joined SMART Recovery in July, 2011 to present an online procrastination workshop series — the first-ever of its kind. The workshop was adapted and condensed from his highly successful face-to-face workshops to suit an online audience.  Podcasts of the event are available. In that spirit of public service, SMART Recovery, and Dr. Knaus are pleased to announce a video presentation that captures the workshop in a different medium. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful. We look forward to continuing this series of videos and are grateful that Dr. Knaus is so generous in sharing his knowledge and talent.

Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D., is the author of over 20 books, including “Overcoming Procrastination”, which was co-authored with Dr. Albert Ellis. Knaus is a licensed clinical psychologist and former psychology professor. He has authored books on diverse topics in addition to procrastination where he is the top authority on corrective measures. He is known for his work in the cognitive revolution in psychotherapy and as one of the original directors of post-doctoral training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

To review and order Dr. Knaus’s books, see his FB page. He writes regularly on Psychology Today in his blog, Science and Sensibility.

For information on SMART Recovery’s program to support overcoming addiction, please visit our website.

Can You Quit Smoking?

Posted on January 17, 2012

So, what’s your motivation to stop smoking?

Sometimes it comes more from the outside than within – perhaps from a doctor, a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or parent. But without being personally motivated, your likelihood of successfully stopping smoking is low. So how can you get and stay motivated?

We think that some of the techniques of SMART Recovery can help you quit nicotine addiction. SMART is a program that’s been designed to help people who want to quit any addictive substance or behavior by teaching them self-help techniques based on psychological principles. Can these strategies work?


The SMART Recovery program uses a number of tools to help build and maintain motivation. In fact, Enhancing and Maintaining Motivation is Point #1 of the 4-Point Program®. Here are a few ideas and tools for you to consider when you want to stay motivated and avoid smoking. Continue reading

Is Mandated 12-Step Attendance A Violation Of Your Constitutional Rights?

Posted on January 10, 2012

Choice In Recovery & The First Amendment:
A Resource For Criminal Justice Personnel And Other Stakeholders
by Claire Johnson Saénz, Esq.

Many Paths To Recovery

At SMART Recovery®, we believe that there is no right or wrong path to recovery, and that individuals seeking recovery have the highest chance of success when they have the opportunity to choose the pathway (or combination of pathways) that best suits them.

Therefore, it is a secondary mission of SMART Recovery® to support choice in recovery, and we are devoted to getting the word out about the variety of recovery options that exist today. As part of that mission, we want individuals in the judicial system and other government systems to be informed not only about the existence of a variety of recovery paths, but of their legal obligation to offer options to those they serve.

One important and ongoing development in this area is the growing number of courts which have declared that mandated attendance at 12-step programs (such as AA-Alcoholics Anonymous and NA-Narcotics Anonymous ), without providing the option of a non-faith-based alternative, violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Continue reading

What Happens At SMART Recovery® Meetings?

Posted on January 3, 2012

by Patrick Garnett, Facilitator, SMART Recovery Chicago

Maybe you are reading this article because you feel you may have an issue using illegal or legal drugs, with drinking, or with another type of behavior, such as gambling. While you may have thought about seeking a support group, you are hesitant to go because you don’t really know what happens at meetings.

Well let me describe what happens at a SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training) Recovery face-to-face meeting. First, you will be greeted with a smile, a welcome, and usually given a few pages that explain SMART.

The SMART meetings last anywhere from 60-90 minutes, are free (donations accepted) and are open to anyone. Our meetings focus on self-empowerment and choice and we do not use labels like alcoholic or addict. A typical meeting may have anywhere from 3 to 12 people, sometimes a few more, and all participation is optional.

The meetings are run by a trained, volunteer facilitator Continue reading