Archive for the ‘Managing Thoughts’ Category

SMART Handbook for Kindle Just Released

Now you can get a Handbook — NOW! The waiting is over! Carry your SMART Handbook with you everywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. Or read it on your personal computer or laptop. Thanks to the talents and persistence of Laurie, one of our dedicated volunteers, the frequently requested ebook option for the Handbook is […]

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 […]

A Mindful Approach to Addiction Recovery

Self-Management Begins with Intention -Charles A., SMART Recovery® Facilitator SMART Recovery is about actively managing your self and directing your actions. What do you intend to actively do today… or ‘NOW’… to manage your addiction recovery? We have the power of choice, but in order to realize this power, forming intentions and doing the work […]

Ending the Stigma of Addiction

The Language of Recovery Advocacy Guest Blogger: William White Words are important.  If you want to care for something, you call it a “flower”; if you want to kill something, you call it a “weed”.  –Don Coyhis Some will question why we as recovery advocates should invest valuable time debating the words used to convey […]

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!

by Margaret Speer, SMART Recovery meeting participant I believe in self-empowerment and the power of choice. I successfully used these techniques to remain mindful and sober. I’ve improved my confidence, self-acceptance, and increased my independent positive decisions. I lived my life too long and blind to the power I hold within myself. Sobriety through self-empowerment […]

Navigating The Road To Recovery

How can you prevent relapse? Henry Steinberger, Ph.D. Relapse prevention is essential in recovery from chemical and behavioral addictions. Why? Because addiction has been found to reoccur more often when steps are not taken to cope with the cravings, urges, peer pressures, situational cues, bodily discomforts, neuro-biological changes, and other factors which pave the way […]

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Thoughts On Hope That We Can Change Our Thinking And Change Our Lives by Mike MT Massey, SMART Recovery Volunteer Meeting Facilitator I was doing some research on addiction and behavior and I was thinking about us, about myself, about what we often feel in our depths of despair in addiction, and about some of […]

Webinar: How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson

April 12, 2014, 12:00 noon (edt) Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, author of Three Minute Therapy will present “How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson” on Saturday, April 12 2014 at 12:00 noon edt. This webinar is designed to be helpful for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm — substance-related or not. […]

Holding it All Together

Triggers v. Tethers ~ Matt Robert The world of addiction recovery has plenty of negative terms for relapsing and its causes. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a reliable term for the positive stuff we do to keep it together? I’d like to propose introducing a new term into the language of recovery — one […]

Avoid the Rating Game

Self-worth Is Not a Variable Peter Soderman, SMART Recovery® Facilitator, Mexico Even more important to our emotional health than the language we use to describe everyday situations are the terms we use to characterize the most important person in our lives — ourselves. Every single day we use words like jerk, dope, fool, moron, and […]

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