Monthly Archives: March 2012

Living Life Is An Art: April 12, 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012

Online SMART Event: The Art of Living
An Exploration of Life Choices in Addiction Recovery
With Ed Garcia, CSW
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 8pm edt
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Art of Living Series

Living life is an art. Our life experiences are both bright and dark, much like the colors in a painting. Though the primary colors may be the same, the manner in which we blend them determines how richly we experience our life.

We are the artists. We are the ones who choose the colors, we are the ones who mix them, and we are the ones who decide what to paint. Although our life experiences are different, they all contain the three primary colors: red for passion, yellow for brightness, and blue for darkness.

Regardless of all the differences we have as individuals, there are some common universal experiences we all encounter as we go through life. The only difference is in the way we perceive these experiences. It is in these different perceptions that we can learn from one another and become our own and each other’s greatest teachers.

SMART Recovery is pleased to announce that beginning on April 12 at 8:00p.m. EDT, we will present the first in a new ongoing series of  informal gatherings: The Art of LivingContinue reading

Recovery Resource Guide

Posted on March 20, 2012

“AA: Not The Only Way–Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives”
(2nd Edition) by Melanie Solomon

-Richard Ceranek, SMART Recovery® Volunteer

This book is the best, perhaps the only, work that pulls together in one small volume most, perhaps all, of the many treatment programs and self-help addiction recovery groups available to the one who is either addicted to, or has a serious problem with, alcohol or other drugs. There are many options other than the 12-step programs of A.A. and N.A.

As those of us in SMART Recovery already know, and as Ms. Solomon reminds us, knowledge is power. Her book provides great direction to assist one in obtaining more knowledge, including knowledge more specially tailored to the individual’s needs. She gives hope for those who are dually diagnosed with such things as alcoholism, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, depression, anxiety and other diagnoses. Those who suffer from dual diagnoses can take heart in Ms. Solomon’s successful resolution of a multiple diagnosis.

Ms. Solomon’s personal story goes into some detail concerning her problems with A.A. and the 12-step program. Many of us who now attend SMART meetings went through a similar dilemma. Regardless, her story will bring to mind thoughts such as: “That sounds like me”, “I had that problem”, “That sounds like some of the poor or ineffective advice I was given”. I could go on and on but suggest that you, the potential reader, pick up the book, read it, and find your own lodestar of connection. Continue reading

ABCs With JvB

Posted on March 13, 2012

Use Logic and Reason to Change Addictive Behavior
Jonathan von Breton, LCMHC, LCDP

There is a very helpful addiction recovery tool that can change the way that you think about drugs and alcohol. It is called the ABC Tool and it is used in SMART Recovery®. The underlying assumption of the ABC Tool is that how we think has a major impact on our emotions and behaviors.

Change our thinking…and then our feelings and actions will change as well.

The ABC Tool is a self-help activity that you can complete any time that you feel like drinking or using, or when you want to stop drinking alcohol** for a month or more. In effect, the ABC Tool helps us unravel our thinking about drugs and alcohol and is the basic way to abstain from any chemical or behavior that negatively impacts our life. But what is the ABC Tool? And how do you put it into action? We review here. Continue reading