Monthly Archives: September 2014

Addiction Recovery – A Sports Analogy

Posted on September 30, 2014

​How do you change from a team you’ve supported for a long while?

-HughK, SMART Recovery Facilitator
 

SupportersImagine you are in a stadium FULL of people. The game is drawn and the outcome hangs in the balance.

One team gets the ball, heads towards their scoring end and the crowd, or half the crowd, starts to cheer!

They score! Half the stadium goes WILD! The other half groans! It is the same actual event that they both see – the emotion and depth of their reactions depends on which side they support, and how intensely emotional they feel about their team.

In addiction recovery I was attempting to change teams from the Addiction NAL (in the National Addiction League), to the Engaged NWL (in the National Wellness League). These two teams constantly played off in the Super Bowl of my life!

Some of my family and some of my friends couldn’t understand WHY I ever supported Addiction NAL. But I had my reasons: Continue reading

Watch Us Make History

Posted on September 23, 2014

​We’re making history this weekend with our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference​

Live Streaming
 
Our 2014 Annual Conference will be streamed live on the Internet from the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. this weekend. This is a first for us and we are grateful to a very generous donor whose support has made this possible.

High-quality video will be available and requires little more than a high-speed Internet connection.
 
 

September 27-28, 2014

Live Streaming
Download the Agenda​

View the Conference

Viewing Schedule:

9/27 (Saturday) 8:45am – 4:30pm (edt)
9/28 (Sunday) 8:45am – 12:30pm (edt)

Test Your Connection ahead of time and we’ll see you this weekend!

[Test Your Streaming Connection]

Twitter Fans: Use #smartcon to share your conference experience.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will be opening the conference – a history making event that you won’t want to miss.

Open Event: This is an open event, all are welcome, and there is no charge for viewing. Please use the social media icons below to help us spread the word. Continue reading

Recovery Celebrations – You’re Invited!

Posted on September 16, 2014

25th Anniversary of Recovery Month – September, 17
20th Anniversary of SMART Recovery – September 26-28


Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years
Webcasts In honor of the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a celebratory event at the White House called “Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years.” The event, which will be streamed live on September 17, will feature a panel of recovery advocates who will share their inspirational personal stories and participate in a discussion. Viewers will be able to tweet questions for the panelists to @Botticelli44 using the hashtag #RecoveryatWH at any time prior to, or during the event.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Laurie Dhue, a television journalist and recovery advocate. She will be joined on the panel by:

Christina Huffington, a young person in recovery;
Cris Carter, a former NFL football player and current ESPN analyst in recovery;
Ruben Castaneda, a veteran Washington Post reporter who recently wrote about his path to recovery in his book, S Street Rising;
Tim Willson, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The “Recovery Month at the White House” event will help raise awareness Continue reading

Mindfulness

Posted on September 9, 2014

What is Mindfulness?
-Don Sheeley, MD, SMART Recovery Facilitator

What is MindfulnessI use the term “Mindfulness” to mean Active Self-Awareness.

We can be aware of our internal thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, and we can be aware of the interaction of ourselves with the external world (sight, sound, touch, taste, feel). We can be aware that we take in sights and sounds, etc. from the external world and process them and apply our internal thoughts and beliefs to them. Then we can become aware that there is someone who is aware of all that, and that guy is Me, the same me who was 12 years old, then 29, and now 62. (Yikes!) That’s it.

So we’re not really “aware of others.” We are aware that we hear what another says and then we are aware of what we think about that and how we feel about that, and maybe we are aware of how we process that.

Similarly, mindfulness is not necessarily placid, comfortable, or relaxed. Continue reading

At Risk for Relapse?

Posted on September 2, 2014

7 Risk factors for relapse
-Bill Abbott, SMART Recovery® Facilitator

7 Risks for Relapse

Over the course of time I’ve observed several sets of circumstances that seem to increase the risk of a person with an addictive problem to sustain a relapse – that is, falling back to the former behavior. I must honestly state that this is an observational piece and I am not sure that there is any science behind it. Nevertheless it certainly does make sense that some of these circumstances do heighten the risk for  a temporary or even permanent stepping out of the stages-of-change process which we call addiction recovery.

7 Risk Factors for Relapse

      Fantasy
      Rumination
      Boredom
      Persisting Frustration
      Intense Emotion
      Social Disconnection
      Opportunity

    What follows is a short description of each of these.

    Fantasy By this I mean thinking about a possible future scenario Continue reading