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Celebrate SMART Recovery’s 20th Anniversary

Posted on August 26, 2014

Annual Conference
September 26-28, 2014 Washington, D.C.
Exploring the Power of Choice

Registration Deadline: August 28, 2014.

SMART Recovery Annual ConferenceWould you like a deeper connection to SMART Recovery? Interested in celebrating SMART’s 20th anniversary and networking with other volunteers? Want to learn more about the science behind SMART? Interested in SMART’s plans for the future?

The 2014 SMART Annual Conference will be held in the heart of Washington, D.C., at the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Headquarters. In keeping with the spirit of the National Geographic, the theme is Exploring the Power of Choice. This conference is geared to inform and inspire, with session topics covering SMART tools, organizational updates, future plans, and with addiction recovery professionals speaking on mindfulness, recovery advocacy, history of recovery, and more.

Volunteers, online and face-to-face meeting participants, Board members and friends of SMART Recovery can expect to enjoy an impressive line-up of accomplished speakers and topics:


    Michael Botticelli, Acting Director, ONDCP Opening Remarks

    Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, President: “SMART 101”

    Shari Allwood, Exec Director: SMART Worldwide

    William L. White, Sr. Research Consultant: History of the Recovery Movement (rec.)

    Jonathan von Breton, MA, CCMHC: SMART Tools

    Peter Gaumond, ONDCP: Recovery Advocacy

    Steve Gumbley, MA, ACDP II: Recovery Advocacy

    Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP: Becoming Mindful

    …and more

Optional Excursion

An optional sightseeing tour of the Washington D.C. area will kick off the event 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

You Have the Power to Choose

Posted on October 8, 2013

Change or Continue Suffering: The Choice is up to You
by Hank Robb, PhD, ABPP

Discover the Power of Choice!I think the title of this article is a good description of SMART Recovery®’s philosophy. Individuals can continue as they have been, or they can change, and they get to choose. Perhaps they can change their circumstances, perhaps not. They can always change the way they relate to their circumstances. Even if we cannot immediately change the frequency, intensity, and duration of urges, for example, we can choose not to act on them. As a practical matter of fact, when urges are not acted on, then over time they tend to reduce in frequency, intensity, and duration, such that they may not occur for months or years. So, urges can be changed eventually, if not immediately.

We don’t HAVE TO change. Continuing as we are is a choice the universe allows us to make. This is important because the more we pound ourselves, or others, with HAVE TO, HAVE TO, HAVE TO change, the more we feel like slaves to change rather than people exercising free choice. And, who wants to feel like a slave?! We may not be free to avoid the consequences of our actions, but we are free to choose the actions we take. Continue reading

Webinar: Mindfulness…and More

Posted on August 27, 2013

Integrating ‘ACT’ into SMART Recovery
with Dr. Hank Robb


Register Today

Hank Robb, Ph.D., will present a webinar this Saturday (August 31 at 5pm edt) on the topic of mindfulness and other Acceptance Commitment Therapy strategies, and how they can be helpful in addiction recovery.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT offers powerful alternatives for dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings. Some of the strategies that Dr. Robb will be discussing are: acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive defusion, values, and committed action.

About Dr. Robb

Dr. Robb brings a unique perspective to this topic, as an expert in CBT, REBT, and as an ACT practitioner. He has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska (1978), and is a Supervisor for the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy, New York. He is board certified in both Counseling and Behavioral Psychology and is certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use.

He previously served as President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology and is listed as an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer. Dr. Robb is a founding member of SMART Recovery and continues to write regularly for the SMART News & Views newsletter on topics related to cognitive behavioral (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).


There is no cost to attend this event. Advance registration is required.

Register Today


Posted on January 29, 2013

You Can Learn to Resist Urges

        “Self-control is what you build up, develop, create and learn by controlling your behavior repeatedly. ~Hank Robb

      Self Control Self-control is a skill. It’s not something you’re born with, it is something that requires work and practice. Have you ever said to yourself “I just don’t seem to have any self-control over my drinking, drugging, eating, etc.”? Ask yourself this question: “Am I well practiced at resisting urges and opportunities to drink, or to drug, or to eat in a disordered way?” Chances are your answer will be “No”. In fact, you may be very well practiced at giving in to those urges and opportunities to use. You might even be considered to be skilled at doing so.

      How do we acquire any skill? Think back to when you first learned to ride a bicycle. Did riding the bicycle feel like a normal behavior to you? Did you start out as an expert? Or did you spend hours and hours learning to ride without falling? And what was the result of those hours and hours of practice? Over time, you grew comfortable and confident in your new skill.

      Results begin at the end of your comfort zone.

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      Recovery Celebration, November 3rd, 2012

      Posted on October 31, 2012

      Guest Speakers + Online Auction = FUN!

      auctionIn celebration of the 14th anniversary of SMART Online, SMART Recovery® is excited to again host its 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 recovery topics will be explored throughout the day.

      Guest Speakers

      Speaker Schedule – November 3, 2012, all times Eastern Daylight

      10:00 a.m. – Dr. Henry Steinberger, Six Deep Slow Breaths: Using Mindfulness as an Anchor for Accepting Negative Emotions, Thoughts, Urges and Cravings

      11:00 a.m. – Dr. Michael Edelstein,“Addiction, REBT, and Philosophy”

      1:00 p.m. – Dr. Bill Knaus, Combating Addictions and Depression

      2:00 p.m. – Dr. Robert Meyers, author of Get Your Loved One Sober, Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT)

      Continue reading