Monthly Archives: May 2012

Combatting Depression

Posted on May 22, 2012

A Workshop with Bill Knaus, Ed.D.
Friday, June 15, 2012, 6pm edst


SMART Recovery® is delighted to announce that on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm, highly renowned psychotherapist and author, Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D. will present an exciting new workshop entitled Combatting Depression.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely used psychological method for combatting depression, for one simple reason: it works. In this brief workshop, Dr. Bill Knaus will introduce you to cognitive, emotive, and behavioral techniques to overcome and prevent depression. He will share innovative, practical and evidence-based ideas from the second edition of his newly published The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression (New Harbinger, June 2012). This book is already receiving great acclaim, and may be the best of its kind. It has been endorsed by a former APA president, founders of psychotherapy clinics, professors emeritus, and psychotherapists who work with people suffering from depression. Often, depression and substance abuse go hand-in-hand. If you, a friend, or relative battles depression, don’t miss this presentation! Continue reading

I Quit Using, So Why Don’t I Feel Happy?

Posted on May 15, 2012

How Drug Use Hijacks Our Response to Happiness
Julie Myers, Psy.D.

Problems in Addiction Recovery

It’s not difficult to understand why someone, who is actively using drugs, may feel bored when he/she is not high. It is more difficult to understand why that person may continue to have difficulty enjoying activities once the drug is stopped. But this is not uncommon. People who quit using drugs often report that they are bored, uninspired, and have a hard time enjoying everyday living. Why does this happen? It has to do with the brain chemical (neurotransmitter) called dopamine.

We are programmed from birth to seek pleasure, and when dopamine is released into the brain, we experience it as pleasure. Pleasurable activities release dopamine into the brain, and our choice to engage in activities often has a direct relationship to the amount of dopamine released.

Drugs of abuse release rapid and large amounts of dopamine directly into the brain. In essence, they hijack the normal pleasure/reward pathway of the brain, directly stimulating it with readily available dopamine. Continue reading

A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

Posted on May 8, 2012

2012 National Drug Control Strategy
Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Holder, Gil Kerlikowske

Reducing Drug Use In AmericaIllegal drugs not only harm a user’s mind and body, they devastate families, communities, and neighborhoods. They jeopardize public safety, prevent too many Americans from reaching their full potential, and place obstacles in the way of raising a healthy generation of young people.

To address these challenges, we are releasing the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy – the Obama Administration’s primary policy blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences in America. The President’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010, charted a new direction in our approach to drug policy. Today’s Strategy builds upon that approach, which is based on science, evidence, and research. Most important, it is based on the premise that drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. Simply put, we are not powerless against the challenge of substance abuse – people can recover, and millions are in recovery. These individuals are our neighbors, friends and family members. They contribute to our communities, our workforce, our economy, and help make America stronger.

Decades of Research and Scientific Study

Our emphasis on addressing the drug problem through a public health approach is grounded in decades of research and scientific study. There is overwhelming evidence that drug prevention and treatment programs achieve meaningful results with significant long-term cost savings. Continue reading