What’s In A Name?
~ Brian Sherman, PhD, Center for Motivation and Change
“By continuing to use the term “addict” and “alcoholic,” treatment providers are doing a disservice to their patients and potentially negating progress towards destigmatization and successful long-term treatment.”
What’s in a name? Sure, by any other name a rose may smell so sweet, but by any other name would an “addict” feel so stigmatized? Were Shakespeare alive today I would ask that he reconsider his stance. With the gradual pace of change in addiction treatment highlighted by the continued advancement and implementation of evidence-based treatments, why is the field so far behind in not using more clinically appropriate and de-stigmatizing — albeit a bit cumbersome – language such as: “person with a substance use disorder” or “person suffering from addiction”? It has been years now that the field of clinical psychology did away with stigmatizing terms such as “schizophrenic”, “manic-depressive”, or “autistic.” Why then does the field of addiction remain so far behind?
As an addiction psychologist I do not discourage my patients for whom the term “addict” works. If it motivates them to change, fantastic. For many people, the term “addict” is a helpful way of identifying symptoms and issues, and finding a way to connect and bond with others in a healthy way that promotes change. However, when that term creates a prolonged sense of failure or guilt which ultimately may lead to relapse (negative emotions are one of the strongest predictors of relapse) or prevent someone from seeking help in the first place (because they don’t want to accept the label, and the stigma that is associated with it), I question its utility. Continue reading
October 25 – November 1, 2014
Don’t miss out on these amazing items and more – check out our online auction to support SMART Recovery OnLine!
Help us continue to improve and maintain our outstanding online services by bidding on the fabulous auction items generously donated by SMART Recovery supporters, volunteers and participants!
Above is just a small sampling of the auction catalog!
Bidding takes place on the SROL messageboard! (Registration is required!)
You can also browse the catalog:
• Books, Gift Cards & More FUN Stuff
• Handcrafted Items
This is an open event, everyone is welcome!
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Lessons from Geese
-Bill Abbott, SMART Recovery® Facilitator
SMART Recovery is a wonderful program that emphasizes self-management and self-empowerment. For this it offers tools based on sound and often evidence-based science—mostly clinical psychology but some neuroscience as well.
With all the emphasis on “self”—almost a do-it-yourself program—we often lose sight of another powerful feature of SMART—the mutual support groups in which all this is developed and promoted.
We like company, lots of the time—especially with like-minded people, hence the shelter and safety and power of a mutual support group complex. Like-minded people all in a room together discussing a common issue. A place were the afflicted can relax, become honest and open with their issues, without worry of judgment. This is present in both 12-steps groups and in SMART Recovery groups.
In my opinion SMART groups have the added feature of interactive discussion, promoting the feelings of like-mindedness and that “we are all in this together”. We are all united in spirit and intent to find relief for ourselves, and in so doing share that with others. All this falls under the concept of Compassion.
Many state that they go to 12-step meetings for “spirituality“ and attend SMART meetings for the tools and solutions. The implication is that there is no spirituality at SMART. Continue reading
Tom Horvath and Stanton Peele
If you spend some time with Stanton Peele, it won’t take long to realize that he asks a lot of questions! For this event, we are turning the tables, and Dr. Horvath will be the one with the questions.
There are several areas in which SMART’s focus and opinions and those of Dr. Peele differ. For instance, according to W.R. Miller “The best predictors of relapse for people treated for alcohol problems are lack of coping skills and belief in the disease theory of alcoholism.” Tom focuses on the former, Stanton on the latter. Listen to these two colleagues and friends discuss this difference in their focus — and watch the fur fly!
This is an unparalleled opportunity to hear a truly broad-based discussion on addiction between two unsurpassed experts in the context of the latest in research and treatment. We have no doubt that this will be a lively and intriguing discussion, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience as well. This is a don’t miss! Continue reading
We’re making history this weekend with our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference
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
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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!
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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
25th Anniversary of Recovery Month – September, 17
20th Anniversary of SMART Recovery – September 26-28
Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years 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