Getting Through the Holidays, with Dr. Joe Gerstein

Posted on November 30, 2016

DATE: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 pm EST


Joseph F. Gerstein, MD, FACP, SMART’s founding President, will join us during the holiday season to share some strategies on using SMART tools so we can make getting through the 2016 Holiday Season as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. In addition, Dr. Gerstein will spend some time discussing the fundamental importance of motivation in the recovery process and ways to enhance that, as well as introduce an interesting phenomenon observed in study of the change process. It will be a wide-ranging conversation with lots of interesting food for thought.

Dr. Gerstein was just awarded the 2016 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award “for his work over the last 25 years as the founding president of SMART Recovery, which we view among the greatest examples of community service in the history of modern humanism.”

Dr. Gerstein was a practicing internist, specializing in pain management and a Harvard Professor of Medicine when he observed that not all patients were helped with existing support methods and began his journey into the world of addiction treatment support. He helped establish SMART Recovery and became its founding president in 1994. Dr. Gerstein has been an active board member and officer of SMART and an ardent supporter and promoter of its methods since its inception 22 years ago. He currently serves as Secretary and Director of Outreach for Correctional Institutions and Advisor to the Court Outreach Committee and is tireless in expanding SMART globally. He has facilitated 3000 plus meetings and counting, with over 1000 in correctional settings.

SMART’s tools are tailored to help people change their addictive behavior; however these are the tools of life. With respect to the holidays, everyone might benefit from some of these. We hope you’ll join us for a delightful conversation as we enter the holidays, and please share us with your family and friends.

This SMART Special Event Webinar is free and open to the general public as well as to our community of participants, facilitators, and professionals.

One thought on “Getting Through the Holidays, with Dr. Joe Gerstein

  1. lloyd janney

    Ive been in recovry for 4 yrs now. Outpatients treatment using methadone. Now im down to 20 mg. And christmas & new yr is upon us. Once again. Its been just as long. Since i celebrated the holiday’s. It just too emotional. Painful. For me.
    That’s how i ended. Up here. At this point in my life
    Descoved that pills and cocaine. Took it away.
    Iv find strenght in Holy word of God. But doesn’t. Make it anyless. Anyway point is thank u for ur website. Its a powerful tool in group meeting and out. God bless you.

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