Archive for the ‘Family & Friends’ Category

How to Help a Loved One Find Addiction Recovery

Alternatives for Family & Friends -Roxanne A., SMART Recovery® Facilitator Chances are you were never taught how to manage a relationship with someone who is struggling with a substance abuse problem. You may find that without the necessary skills, your role as a family member or friend of someone with addiction becomes increasingly stressful as […]

5 Tips for Building a Strong Support Network

How to help your potential support system really be helpful ~Josh King, PsyD, Center for Motivation and Change Many people start using substances (often as teens) as a way to engage socially.  The reality is that almost all substances with abuse potential initially have a “social lubrication” effect (i.e., they are dis-inhibiting, relaxing, anxiety-reducing, buffers […]

Webinar: Beyond Addiction

“How Science and Kindness Help People Change” with Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D., Center for Motivation and Change “[We want to] change the conversation, from the language of stigma to the language of growth; from defects to strengths, from shame to pride and an open heart; from punishment and confrontation to an invitation to truly change. And […]

Power of Positive Reinforcement

A note on “enabling” vs. positive reinforcement ~Jeffrey Foote, PsyD, Center for Motivation and Change “Caring about and staying connected in a helping way with someone dealing with substances is not only helpful, it’s one of the most powerful motivators for change.” If you are a partner, parent, or child of someone struggling with substance […]

Rational Alternative to “Tough Love”

SMART Tools Help Families & Friends Cope with a Loved One’s Addiction ~Kathy Lang, SMART Recovery Online Facilitator “People used to tell me I was enabling my adult son…..and, not helping my own sanity and/or serenity. With the SMART tools and the support of F&F, I’ve changed that, and am able to let him experience […]

Help for Families: “Beyond Addiction”

How Science and Kindness Help People Change Roxanne A., SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitator “Things get better with CRAFT. Families feel better, substance use often decreases, and people with substance problems usually enter treatment when a family member uses CRAFT.” ~Beyond Addiction There is a much better option for families than using “tough love” with a […]

Support for Family & Friends

Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening Reviewed by Henry Steinberger, Ph.D. To help people seeking sobriety for their loved ones, Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program: The Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) intervention. The subtitle, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening more aptly describes what this […]

Self-Empowered Addiction Recovery

I have learned that I do have choices, I can change! Leigh Proctor, SMART Recovery UK volunteer View on youtube Leigh is a dedicated and passionate volunteer facilitator for SMART Recovery UK. Says another UK Volunteer: “Leigh is totally selfless and very loved by all whose path she crosses. If Leigh says she is going […]

Webinar: Help for Family & Friends

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 SMART 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 […]

SMART: A Community of Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Month Join the Volunteer Team and Pay it Forward SMART Recovery celebrates Volunteer Month in April of each year, as a way to recognize the efforts of its many dedicated volunteers. SMART is a “volunteer organization” and the robust growth in meetings during the past year is a direct result of the enthusiastic […]

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