Monthly Archives: February 2013

We’ve Gone Mobile!

Posted on February 26, 2013

Update on the SMART Recovery Online Message Board
~ Moderator_Quellcrist, SMART Recovery Online Volunteer

mobile applicationThe SMART Recovery Online Message Board has recently undergone a major upgrade. In addition to a fantastic new look, the board now offers several new features that we would love to bring to everyone’s attention.

If you have previously had a chance to check out the message board, you already know that it is a supportive place to talk about your recovery journey, learn how to apply SMART tools to your personal situations, use your own experiences to help others, and share the benefits of your new life abstaining from maladaptive behaviors of all kinds.  As a member of the SMART Online community, you also have access to daily online peer support meetings and a vibrant and supportive chat room that is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Online meetings function much the same as face-to-face SMART addiction recovery meetings, and in our 24/7 chat room you can find everything from supportive listeners for pressing issues, to a little R&R.

Streamlined Registration

If you have not yet had a chance to check out the message board, registration is easy.  To register, click this link.  You will be asked a few questions over two screens and asked to create a username and password.  TIP: Think carefully before choosing a username, since this will be the name you are known by on the message board, in chat, and in meetings for as long as you are a member.  We recommend that you consider not using your real name if anonymity is a priority for you.

New Features

Mobile Access

One of the most requested new features of the message board is the ability to access it through mobile devices. Continue reading

Webinar: “Inside Rehab” with Anne Fletcher

Posted on February 19, 2013

February 22, 2013, 7pm EST


Inside Rehab with Anne FletcherAnne Fletcher is a trusted New York Times bestselling health and medical writer who is known for her skill at weaving together personal experiences with thoroughly researched, cutting edge information about health issues.  Anne has appeared on NPR,  CNN, and many commercial television “talk news” shows.   Her bestselling book Sober for Good is a favorite among SMART Recovery members.

Register today to attend the webinar on February 22 at 7pm est. Please register early, seating is limited. Anne will be discussing her findings regarding the options available for addiction recovery in the United States, as reported in her newly published book, INSIDE REHAB:The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works.

About “Inside Rehab”

What happens inside drug and alcohol rehab centers and how rehab works has been a mystery to those outside the industry – and sometimes even to those inside it.  Anne’s book INSIDE REHAB: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works  is the first book to give readers a thoughtful and sensitive, yet no-holds-barred, insider’s view of drug and alcohol rehab. Continue reading

Addiction Rehab – An Inside Look

Posted on February 12, 2013

Practical information about addiction treatment and recovery
~ Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.

      “Consumers have a right to know what goes on in our addiction treatment system.”

    Inside Rehab by Anne FletcherFor a long time, I’ve been fascinated with how people who have substance abuse problems achieve sobriety. Having written a series of books about people who lost weight and kept it off (the Thin for Life books), I realized that obesity and addiction have common attributes. They both deal with compulsive behavior – and to get to a healthier place, the affected person needs to give up or cut back on substances that are extremely difficult to sacrifice. Both problems stem from physiological, genetic, and environmental causes.

    About 12 years ago, as I was writing Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems – Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded (Houghton/Harcourt, 2001) – my book about success strategies of people who’d achieved long-term sobriety – I approached Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the renowned Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia for information about addiction treatment programs.

    Around that time, Dr. McLellan was working on a study of representative addiction treatment programs across the U.S., suggesting that there were serious problems in our system. For instance, he found that most were staffed by under qualified administrators, and many were exceedingly short on medical personnel and mental health professionals.

    Tackle Your Demand for Instant Gratification

    Posted on February 5, 2013

    I Want It, and I Want It Now!
    by Alina Boie, M.S.

    Self ControlWe live in a world full of instant self-gratification and we have little patience to wait or delay access to our “treats”. Almost everything nowadays is at a click of a button – literally! It is so difficult to say no to those appealing coupons and “must-have-it” deals. Everything around us attempts to help us get what we want faster – instantly, if possible. We want faster cars, faster computers, readily available food, easy access to the movie we want to see, appliances that work without problems, etc. While this may appear as a very appealing benefit of the modern society, it also undermines our ability to manage our frustration, when we do NOT get what we want immediately.

    If you ever had trouble finishing something, postponing a project that was already overdue, then you might suffer from what Albert Ellis jokingly called “can’t-stand-it-itis”. We all have it! Every time we avoid short-term frustrations such as cleaning a closet, writing a paper, etc., we are actually feeding our frustration intolerance. This may lead to Continue reading