Monthly Archives: July 2012

SMART Recovery® Annual Conference

Posted on July 31, 2012

The Road Traveled, The Journey Ahead
Chicago, IL, September 21-23, 2012

SMART Recovery Annual Conference The 2012 SMART Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, Friday, September 21, through Sunday, September 23. The theme for 2012 is The Road Travelled, The Journey Ahead. This conference is geared to inform and inspire with session topics ranging from the evolution of the organization to a look at new innovations and initiatives at SMART Recovery world-wide and in the world of addiction recovery.

Volunteers, online and face-to-face meeting participants, board members and friends of SMART Recovery will enjoy:

    Learning more about current and proposed developments in the organization
    Exploring new ways to develop their meetings
    Networking with one another
    Sharing successes
    Helping to determine ways forward for the organization
    Experiencing being a part of an international community of people enabling recovery

SMART Recovery Annual ConferenceFor a break in the action, what better way to take in the sights than a walking tour of the Windy City featuring downtown architecture and Millennium Park? A Friday afternoon optional guided tour has been scheduled for 2:00 PM. Friday evening after dinner, join in the optional recreational opportunities. It’s a great way to network and get to know other conference participants!

On Saturday evening, we will be celebrating the hard work and dedication of our volunteer-based community with the 1st Annual Community Awards Recognition Ceremony and Dinner. Award categories and nomination forms are available online. Deadline for nominations is August 1, 2012.

We anticipate this year’s Annual Conference will prove to be the best ever, with plenty of education, conversation, and just plain fun for everyone. We acknowledge and thank the many volunteers in the Chicago area for their generous and contributions of time and assistance.

SMART Recovery is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to help defray travel, registration and lodging costs for those who would otherwise be unable to participate. Scholarship Information and applications are available online.

For more information, and to register or reserve a guest room, visit our website. Registration Deadline: August 30, 2012. Continue reading

The Power of Habit

Posted on July 24, 2012

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”
By: Charles Duhigg
Rich Dowling, MA, LPC, MAC – SMART RECOVERY Volunteer Advisor

PowerOfHabit ”Habits can be changed if we understand how they work”. So says Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”.

Even though I have considerable personal and professional experience addressing habits, I realized how much I did not know about habits after reading “The Power of Habit”.

The Habit Loop

In this circular model of habit development, first an individual is attracted to a particular idea (Cue), acts on it (Routine), and experiences a benefit (Reward). The process is then repeated: he responds again to the (Cue), repeats the behavior (Routine), experiences a benefit (Reward). The individual continues to repeat the cycle until he/she begins to crave the reward and a habit is born.

Scientific research with rats, monkeys and human beings supports, in rather dramatic and compelling ways, “The Habit Loop” and its effectiveness in creating and changing habits. The good news is, as the author states: “Habits aren’t destiny; they can be ignored, changed or replaced”.

The Golden Rule of Habit Change

The key to transforming negative habit to positive habit Continue reading

“Who Am I?”

Posted on July 10, 2012

Online SMART Event: “Who Am I?”
An Exploration of Life Choices in Addiction Recovery
With Ed Garcia, CSW
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 10am EDT

Art of Living Series

We are pleased to announce that Ed Garcia will be returning for the second in our ongoing series of open discusions, The Art of Living.

The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you. ~ A. L. Kitselman.

Garcia: “I am a strong believer that learning is best achieved not by someone giving us answers, but rather by motivating us to think. In this series, for each event, I will present a quote that will stimulate your thinking. I will ask some questions about the quote, and through your responses, ideas will emerge that I hope each of us can use to paint our very  life canvas brighter and with more passion.”

This discussion will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery’s online voice chat rooms, on July 14 at 10:00 a.m. EDT for one hour.

To Attend: You must be a registered member of SMART Recovery Online (there is no charge to register). Please register in advance. Once registered, Continue reading

What is Addiction Recovery?

Posted on July 3, 2012

Nationwide survey to determine how people define recovery


Help AlcholicSMART Recovery is excited to partner with federally-funded scientists on the first nationwide survey about recovery from alcohol and other drug problems. Specifically, the project’s goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery. This has never been done before. Note that for this project, the word “recovery” is used as a general term to describe the experience of anyone who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and no longer does, not just people who consider themselves ‘in recovery’.

For the survey results to be as useful as possible to the recovery community and to the field in general, it is very important that as many people as possible participate in the project, and that the researchers get responses from a broad range of individuals and experiences.

To that end, SMART is pleased to be one of the many organizations nationwide that are helping the study team get the word out about the survey. The 20 minute anonymous survey will be administered on the web at the project’s website starting in July 2012. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential and all the results reported in group form.

Your experiences are important! We hope that you will consider taking the survey to contribute to this landmark project. Continue reading