Tag Archives: Anne Fletcher

A Better Way to “Deal” Than Drinking (or Drugging)

Posted on November 19, 2013

Working out can help you sober up
Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.

“…one of the more promising and least talked about tools for treating and recovering from addiction is exercise.”

Exercise Benefits RecoveryMy drinking began the way drinking usually begins: as part of teenage havin’ a good time and rebelling against strict parents. I wasn’t one of those drinkers who fell in love with alcohol at first sip. No, I had to work at it. To this day, I curse “Martini Mark,” a former flame so dubbed by my roommate and me because he “taught” me how to appreciate the gin-and-vermouth combination.

When I was in my 20s, wine and occasional hard-liquor drinks on weekends became nightly martinis. Alcohol came to fill a hole in my spirit, temporarily erasing any sadness, stress, anger or guilt. I craved alcohol, but I also longed to be healthy, both physically and emotionally, and this inconsistency made me feel terrible. During my years of heavy drinking – primarily from my mid-20s to my early 30s – I was a jogger, often covering five miles, five times a week. But I used exercise as a punitive device: It redeemed me after an evening of drinking. Slowly, though, I began to realize that when I exercised, I felt better both in body and mind.

With the help of counseling from an addiction psychologist, I eventually quit drinking and learned to get my emotional needs met in ways that really did make me feel better. Continue reading

Recovery Celebration, November 2nd, 2013

Posted on October 29, 2013


Guest Speakers + International Online Auction = FUN!

Handcrafted scarf, made in AustraliaIn celebration of the 15th anniversary of SMART Recovery Online (SROL), SMART Recovery® is hosting an annual fall FUNdraising event, featuring a line-up of outstanding speakers and a fabulous array of auction items donated by SMART Recovery volunteers and participants. Speakers include recovery experts, book authors, professors and therapists. A wide array of addiction recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

Guest Speakers

Speaker Schedule – November 2, 2013, all times Eastern Daylight

9:00 a.m. – Jonathan vonBreton “Random Rational Ruminations”

10:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein,“Self-Esteem and Addictions”

11:00 a.m. – Anne Fletcher,“Discussion of new book Inside Rehab”

12:00 p.m. – Rolf Ankermann,“Discussion of the book The Freedom To Recover”

1:00 p.m. – Dr. Reid Hester, “Overcoming Addictions: A new web app for SMART Recovery”

2:00 p.m. – Dr. Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP,“Is There Really ANYONE Who Wants to Live Life Mindlessly?”

3:00 p.m. – Dr. Robert Meyers, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, Dr. Robert Meyers, “Why CRAFT Works”

7:00 p.m. – Final Auction moments…WHO will win WHAT???

8:00 p.m. – Auction Bidding ends at 8:00 p.m.

International FUNdraiser Auction

October 26 – November 2, 2013

The fun started at 10am on Saturday, October 26 when bidding began on our online International FUNdraising auction of items donated by SMART participants. Many of the donations are hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items and come from a variety of countries. A few of the many items available: designer jewelry, original paintings, ornaments, Australian bush hat, autographed books, handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography … and more! . The closing events of the FUNdraiser will be from 7 to 8 p.m. EDT on November 2 as final bids are accepted. All bidding ends sharply at 8 p.m. Bidding takes place on the Message Board.

[ Auction FAQs] [Slide show preview of auction items. ]

Please Join Us

Our speakers will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery Online’s voice chat rooms, November 2, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. Continue reading

Webinar: “Inside Rehab” with Anne Fletcher

Posted on February 19, 2013

February 22, 2013, 7pm EST


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Inside Rehab with Anne FletcherAnne Fletcher is a trusted New York Times bestselling health and medical writer who is known for her skill at weaving together personal experiences with thoroughly researched, cutting edge information about health issues.  Anne has appeared on NPR,  CNN, and many commercial television “talk news” shows.   Her bestselling book Sober for Good is a favorite among SMART Recovery members.

Register today to attend the webinar on February 22 at 7pm est. Please register early, seating is limited. Anne will be discussing her findings regarding the options available for addiction recovery in the United States, as reported in her newly published book, INSIDE REHAB:The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works.

About “Inside Rehab”

What happens inside drug and alcohol rehab centers and how rehab works has been a mystery to those outside the industry – and sometimes even to those inside it.  Anne’s book INSIDE REHAB: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works  is the first book to give readers a thoughtful and sensitive, yet no-holds-barred, insider’s view of drug and alcohol rehab. Continue reading

Addiction Rehab – An Inside Look

Posted on February 12, 2013

Practical information about addiction treatment and recovery
~ Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.

      “Consumers have a right to know what goes on in our addiction treatment system.”

    Inside Rehab by Anne FletcherFor a long time, I’ve been fascinated with how people who have substance abuse problems achieve sobriety. Having written a series of books about people who lost weight and kept it off (the Thin for Life books), I realized that obesity and addiction have common attributes. They both deal with compulsive behavior – and to get to a healthier place, the affected person needs to give up or cut back on substances that are extremely difficult to sacrifice. Both problems stem from physiological, genetic, and environmental causes.

    About 12 years ago, as I was writing Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems – Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded (Houghton/Harcourt, 2001) – my book about success strategies of people who’d achieved long-term sobriety – I approached Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, CEO of the renowned Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia for information about addiction treatment programs.

    Around that time, Dr. McLellan was working on a study of representative addiction treatment programs across the U.S., suggesting that there were serious problems in our system. For instance, he found that most were staffed by under qualified administrators, and many were exceedingly short on medical personnel and mental health professionals.

    Join the Fun! Full Day of Speakers and Online Auction

    Posted on October 11, 2011


    SMART Recovery® Online Hosts 14th Annual Fall FUNdraiser on November 5th, 2011

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    The SMART Recovery Online community is excited to again host its annual fall FUNdraising event, featuring a lineup of outstanding speakers and a fabulous array of auction items donated by SMART Recovery volunteers and participants. Speakers include recovery experts, book authors, professors, therapists, the founding President of SMART Recovery. A wide array of recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

    Fall FUNdraiser

    Guest Speakers:
    Speaker Schedule – all times Eastern Daylight

    8:00 a.m. – Bill White, MA, Author, SMART Recovery® International Advisory Council, The Changing Culture of Recovery in America, hosted by Knittingkris

    9:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein, clinical psychologist, author of Three Minute Therapy, The REBT Roots of SMART Recovery®, hosted by Dee

    10:00 a.m. – Jonathon Von Breton, Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCDP, An Insider’s Guide to the ABCs, hosted by Aeptennislvr

    11:00 a.m. – Dr. Henry Steinberger, Psychologist, MSSW, Ph.D., APA-CPP, Acceptance: The ABCs of REBT Version 2.0, hosted by Jib

    12 Noon – Bill Knaus, Ed.D., Clinical psychologist, bestselling author of 25 books on practical applications of psychology, including End Procrastination Now, Procrastination & ADD/ADHD, hosted by Ohansen

    1:00 p.m. – Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP, SMART Recovery Growth in Australia, the UK and Africa: Compared with the US, hosted by Bill_D

    2:00 p.m. – Anne Fletcher, author of Sober for Good and Thin for Life, Many Routes to Recovery, hosted by MomRox

    3:00 p.m. – Steve Gumbley, Director of NE Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown U., MA, LCDP, Being a Face in Voice of Recovery, hosted by JvB

    4:00 p.m. – Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., internationally known speaker and trainer on CRA/CRAFT, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, CRAFT and Trust Issues, hosted by TwoPutts

    5:00 p.m. – Dr. Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP, Being Where You Are and Doing What’s Important, hosted by GJBXVI

    6:00 p.m. – Final Auction moments…WHO will win WHAT???

    7:00 p.m. – Auction Bidding ends at 7:00 p.m.

    7:00 p.m. – Telethon – All lines are open for donations at the Central Office Toll free: 866-951-5357

    8:00 p.m. – Volunteer Hour and SMART Birthday Celebration Finale! hosted by Kalar

    The closing events of the FUNdraiser will be from 6 to 9 p.m. as we close out our online FUNdraising auction of items donated by SMART participants. Many of the donations are hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items and come from a variety of countries. A few of the many items available: handcrafted jewelry, an Australian Didgeridoo, hand-painted travel mugs, autographed books, an autographed Yankees baseball, a vibrant painting, beautiful photography … and more! Slide show preview of auction items . Bidding closes at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a telethon beginning at 7 p.m. and Volunteer Hour and SMART Online Birthday Celebration in the chat room beginning at 8 p.m.

    Please Join Us: Our speakers will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery Online’s voice chat rooms, November 5, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT. To access the SMART Room: Register for SMART Recovery Online. If you would like to attend our speaker event, we recommend registering in advance. Once registered, access the SMART Message Board and when logged in, select “SMART Recovery Chat and Meeting Rooms” – from the blue drop-down bar near the top left of the page. From there, you can select The SMART Room. (Microphones are not required, but sound and a keyboard are necessary to participate in the presentation.) More Info: Registration Accessing the SMART Room

    All funds raised during the FUNdraiser are used to keep SMART Recovery Online growing and thriving. Contributions are tax deductible and donors will receive a thank you and an “official” letter for tax deduction purposes at the end of the year.

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