Monthly Archives: October 2012

Recovery Celebration, November 3rd, 2012

Posted on October 31, 2012


Guest Speakers + Online Auction = FUN!

auctionIn celebration of the 14th anniversary of SMART Online, SMART Recovery® is excited to again host its annual fall FUNdraising event, featuring a line-up of outstanding speakers and a fabulous array of auction items donated by SMART Recovery volunteers and participants. Speakers include recovery experts, book authors, professors and therapists. A wide array of recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

Guest Speakers

Speaker Schedule – November 3, 2012, all times Eastern Daylight

10:00 a.m. – Dr. Henry Steinberger, Six Deep Slow Breaths: Using Mindfulness as an Anchor for Accepting Negative Emotions, Thoughts, Urges and Cravings

11:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein,“Addiction, REBT, and Philosophy”

1:00 p.m. – Dr. Bill Knaus, Combating Addictions and Depression

2:00 p.m. – Dr. Robert Meyers, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT)

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Posted on October 16, 2012

Managing Thoughts in Addiction Recovery
by Hank Robb, PhD,ABPP


Thoughts and beliefsManaging Thoughts in Recovery

Make yourself have this thought: “I am a banana.”

My guess is that even though you may have had the thought, you weren’t believing that thought. We can have lots of thoughts such as, “I must have my favorite food and if I don’t it’s awful and I can’t stand it!!”, and yet still not actually believe those thoughts; just as you can have the thought, “I am a banana” and not believe that either.

Thoughts “bring up” images and sensations

There is something else going on here that you might not have noticed. My guess is that the way you went about “not believing” that you were a banana was to compare yourself to a yellow, elliptical fruit, and then take notice of the fact that you are not the same as a yellow, elliptical fruit. Yet, no yellow, elliptical fruit was physically present with which you could make your comparison. What was present was merely a bunch of letters: b a n a n a. The point I want to make clear is that what was there ( b a n a n a ) served to “bring up” an image of a yellow, elliptical fruit with which you likely compared yourself. And, this image arose with such swiftness that you never even noticed that the word “banana” was just a bunch of letters.

Words often have this “bringing up” function. So, the words “tall glass of cold beer” may suddenly make images and sensations show up inside of us. We hardly notice that no tall glass of cold beer is Continue reading

You CAN Handle It!

Posted on October 9, 2012

Feed Your Frustration Intolerance Some Data

by Malek Mneimne, M.A.


Low Frustration ToleranceLife is filled with constant adversities, challenges, and difficult situations. According to the A-B-C-D-E model of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), “A” stands for adversity (or activating stimulus). Not everybody is faced with the same A’s or challenges in life, and we have varying views of what is challenging or difficult to overcome. Nonetheless, adversity, challenge, or difficulty, however defined, is inevitable, much like death, taxes, and ratings of worth.

Adversity can contribute to feelings of hopelessness and depression. In the face of adversity, we may believe that we can’t stand it or that it cannot be overcome. We may believe that nothing we do will change the adversity or difficult situation. We need not be powerless in the face of adversity, however.

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Webinar: An Open Discussion on Faith & Reason

Posted on October 2, 2012

Online SMART Event: “Faith & Reason: Adversaries or Partners in Life?”
The Art of Living: An Exploration of Life Choices in Addiction Recovery
With Ed Garcia, CSW
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7am EDT
podcastFaith & Reason

Art of Living Series

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

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. ~ Blaise Pascal

Garcia states: “Faith has been defined as the belief that something is true, even if there is no evidence to support it, and even in spite of evidence to the contrary. What we will be exploring is the power that faith allows us to have, rather than the things that people tend to believe.

“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 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 October 13 at 7:00 a.m. EDT for one hour. Not sure what time that is in your part of the world? Please consult the World Clock.

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