Many SMART Recovery attendees participated in a national study over the past two years which compared 12-step groups to mutual help alternatives. (You may recall it as the PAL Study.) The overall goal of the study was to determine differences in membership, group participation, cohesion and satisfaction. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Study results have now been published in the “Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment”, and the study found that people in recovery who attended alternative support groups experienced more cohesion and greater satisfaction when compared with members of traditional 12-step programs. (SMART Recovery, LifeRing and Women for Sobriety meeting participants were included in the study, as well as 12-step participants.)
Importantly, the study also revealed that SMART, LifeRing and WFS should be referred to by professionals – particularly to their clients who are less religious or may be unsure of their commitment to abstinence when first contemplating a mutual Continue reading
New features now available in “SMART Live” online meetings!
~SMART Recovery Central Office
Over the past year, SMART has been debuting our new customized online meeting and chat platform – SMART Live. Our new and improved meeting platform was generously funded by a grant from the Autumn Ridge Foundation.
We are pleased to announce new features that have been recently added.
– Visual Component: Online facilitators now have the ability to display SMART documents and worksheets such as the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), the Change Plan Worksheet and many other SMART Recovery tools. Now people will have the added benefit of seeing the tool while it’s being discussed.
– Improved Group Interactivity: Online facilitators are now able to enhance the interaction within the group via an onscreen whiteboard — they can use group input to demonstrate in a more effective way just how the SMART tools are used. Facilitators can also promote group interaction using the “polling feature”.
We are excited that these new additional SMART Live features will improve the quality of the online meetings and encourage even more collaboration. These new improvements will also Continue reading
Here are two good ways to celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of a brand new year.
1. Check out the online events that SMART has planned for the next week. Along with the regular chats and meetings, SMART is hosting the annual “New Years Around the World’ event, an all-day (and night) chat hosted by SMART participants all around the world. Click the link below to find out what’s scheduled and to get instructions on how to log in to online events if this is your first time.
DATE: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 pm EST
SIGN UP AT www.smartrecovery.org/events
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.