Monthly Archives: July 2013

Webinar: Help for Family & Friends

Posted on July 30, 2013

Dr. Robert J. Meyers, Creator of CRAFT and author of Get Your Loved One Sober
Wednesday July 31 2013, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

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Supporting a Loved One with an AddictionSMART Recovery and Dr. Meyers are pleased to offer information and support to the family and friends of those with addictive issues. It is possible for family and friends to learn effective ways to support a loved one toward recovery in a non-confrontational, positive manner — without nagging, pleading or threatening.

Dr. Meyers is co-creator of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach which provides a foundation for SMART’s program for Family & Friends. He is co-author of the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening, an important resource used by SMART Recovery for Family & Friends.

CRAFT is a groundbreaking, effective approach directly in line with SMART’s own evidence-based tools and strategies for helping those with addiction. CRAFT provides a practical, compassionate framework for building positive family interactions and influencing people to get help for their addictive issues and build rich and meaningful lives.

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Dr. Meyers

Dr. Meyers has been prominent in the addiction field for 37 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology Continue reading

Webinar: “Adventurous Living” Presented by Ed Garcia

Posted on July 23, 2013

“Adventurous Living” Part 1: The Adventurous Person: Emotions and Challenges
With Ed Garcia, CSW
Friday, July 26, 2013, 8pm EDT
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Adventurous Living Series

Ed Garcia joins SMART Recovery to present, “Adventurous Living” on Friday July 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm EDT.

Are you living your life on autopilot?

Wondering when something exciting is going to happen?

Mr. Garcia describes life as an ongoing series of events. “The adventure is not only in the events we encounter, but it is even more in the manner in which we perceive them.”

This introductory webinar will focus on “The Adventurous Person: Emotions and Challenges.”

“What would it mean to you to live your life as an adventure?

    To view challenges as opportunities for growth, rather than as inconvenient or unpleasant hassles?

    To approach new situations with a sense of confidence?

    To take on new tasks with eagerness, instead of reluctance or dread?

    To look at the vastness of our world and really see how amazing it is?

Register today for this SMART Webinar.

This webinar may be recorded and may be made available on SMART Recovery’s podcast site.

SMART Recovery is pleased to offer free webinars on topics of interest as a public service. Please share with your friends, family and colleagues.


About Ed Garcia: Mr. Garcia has an extensive and diversified background in the field of human behavior. He holds both an under graduate and graduate degree from New York University. His post graduate work was conducted at the Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy. During that time, Mr. Garcia worked extensively with Dr. Albert Ellis and became a Fellow and Co-Director of Clinical Training. He has lectured and conducted seminars at 35 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and conducted professional in-service training seminars at more than 60 hospitals and mental health centers throughout the U.S. Made guest appearances on national television. He currently teaches at Mercer and Emory universities and is concentrating part of his time as a scuptor, featured at several galleries in the Atlanta area. Continue reading

Scientifically Supported Recovery

Posted on July 16, 2013

Clinical Trial of SMART Recovery’s Effectiveness


ResearchersThere have been many success stories during the 19-year history of SMART Recovery. The most recent of these is scientific evidence that supports SMART’s effectiveness in dealing with alcohol problems.

Like AA, SMART Recovery provides free mutual help for anyone desiring to abstain from alcohol. However, SMART Recovery’s approach, based on cognitive-behavior therapy tools, is quite different from that of AA. Many have questioned whether this type of addiction recovery alternative is helpful.

To answer this question, a randomized clinical trial, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recruited 189 heavy drinkers who were new to SMART Recovery. A web app, Overcoming Addictions (OA), based on the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program®, was created and the 189 heavy drinkers who were new to SMART were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: 1) use the OA web app alone; 2) use the OA web app, plus attend SMART Recovery meetings, or 3) attend SMART Recovery meetings only. “Significant others” were interviewed to verify the participant’s self-report at baseline and at follow-up.

Researchers assessed the percentage of days abstinent and the amount of negative alcohol/drug consequences in the three months prior to enrollment in the study and at follow-up. After three months, participants in all groups increased their percentage of days abstinent from 44% to 72%, and significantly reduced their negative alcohol/drug consequences. There were no significant differences between groups. Based on the results obtained with other recovery approaches, these results are clinically significant. Individuals who find the SMART Recovery approach appealing can try it with confidence.

    “I am feeling all kinds of freedom that I had not experienced in the past. I feel like I am growing and stretching and learning. There has been a lot of internal progress, and I am so grateful for my time at SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery Online really is a home base for me — my touchstone. Community meetings have been beneficial to me, as well. I had some good long lapses in the past, but I have always stayed in touch online. And I’ve had some darn good successes, too — I’m now almost 4 years sober and continuing to grow.” Dee, SMART Volunteer

The report of the clinical trial has just been published online at the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research.

The Overcoming Addictions web app will be available to the public in the fall of 2013, via the SMART Recovery website.

About the study: The study was conducted by the Research Division of Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC.

But I’m Not an “Alcoholic!”

Posted on July 9, 2013

Labels Get in the Way of Making Values-based Choices
~Sara Suman, LMSW, SMART Recovery Volunteer

MAN IN THE GLASS EIGHT, Artist: Brent Schreiber

“But I’m not an alcoholic!” I cannot count the number of times have I heard this statement. I’ve said it to myself numerous times over the years. I’ve heard it from newbies at SMART Recovery meetings, and I hear it in the groups and individual sessions at the treatment center where I work. I witness people with substantial substance abuse problems wrestle with these words/labels to the point of not being able to start on the journey of recovery. SMART helped me realize that these labels are not necessary. The way I relate now to these loaded words is a reflection of my own process of coming to terms with what it means for me, “to have a problem with drugs and alcohol.”

Without getting hung up on labels, SMART helped me cut to the chase by identifying the most important things in my life through the Hierarchy of Values (HOV) tool*.

This is mine:

1) Family & Friends 2) Health/Mental Health 3) Career 4) Financial Stability 5) Spirituality

Were drugs and alcohol getting in the way of any these values? Continue reading