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Overcoming Addictive Behavior

Posted on October 12, 2016

Use Logic and Reason to Change Addictive Behavior
Jonathan von Breton, LCMHC, LCDP

There is a very helpful addiction recovery tool that can change the way that you think about drugs and alcohol. It is called the ABC Tool and it is used in SMART Recovery®. The underlying assumption of the ABC Tool is that how we think has a major impact on our emotions and behaviors.

Change our thinking…and then our feelings and actions will change as well.

The ABC Tool is a self-help activity that you can complete any time that you feel like drinking or using, or when you want to stop drinking alcohol** for a month or more. In effect, the ABC Tool helps us unravel our thinking about drugs and alcohol and is the basic way to abstain from any chemical or behavior that negatively impacts our life. But what is the ABC Tool? And how do you put it into action? We review here. Continue reading

USA and UOA: Unconditional Self-Acceptance and Unconditional Other Acceptance

Posted on September 8, 2015

by Jonathan von Breton, CCMHC

“The greatest sickness known to man or woman is called self-esteem. If you have self-esteem, then you’re sick, sick, sick, because you say: I’m okay because I do well and because people love me, so when I do poorly, which I’m a fallible human and will, and people hate me because they may jealously hate me or they just don’t like me, then back to shithood I go.”

Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

 wearenotThis is number 1 of the 3 basic “musts” that cause human disturbance:

 “I absolutely must perform well on important projects and be approved by significant people or else I am an inadequate and unlovable person!” (Leads to) Feelings of serious depression, anxiety, panic, self-downing. ..… Personally, you can’t always succeed not to mention succeed perfectly. Being a fallible human, you just can’t.”     Albert Ellis

Yes, rating one’s behavior as opposed to one’s self is much easier said than done. Yes, our society strongly encourages the opposite. In fact, our society has a vested interest in doing so. I still have a hard time with it myself and I’ve had years of practice.

In general, I find it helpful to rate my behaviors as:

Successful, they help me get what I want and avoid what I don’t want.
Unsuccessful, they fail to help me get what I want and avoid what I don’t want.

Effective or Ineffective. This is another way of saying successful/unsuccessful.

Consistent with my goals, values, ethics, beliefs.
Inconsistent, counter to, my goals, values, ethics, beliefs.

However, those are all behaviors. They aren’t my ‘self’ (whatever that is).  The behaviors can be measured and rated, at least to a certain degree. The self can’t even be defined, let alone rated. Continue reading

Annual Conference, September 18-20

Posted on July 28, 2015

SMARTCON 2015
September 18-20, 2015 Cincinnati, OH
Registration Deadline: September 4, 2015.

Cincinnati Skyline

ARE YOU:
Looking for a deeper connection to SMART Recovery?
Interested in networking with other volunteers?
Wanting to learn more about the science behind SMART?
Curious about SMART’s plans for the future?

SMARTCON 2015 offers all this and more!

LOCATION:

This year’s conference will be held in Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati is a beautiful, bustling city with mid-western charm, and a revitalized downtown and waterfront area. It is known for its entrepreneurial and artistic talent — not to mention its chili and ice cream! And…..it’s located in Ohio, home state of SMART Recovery’s Central Office.

Whether you’re a volunteer, a meeting participant, a clinician, or a friend of SMART Recovery, the Annual Conference is your chance to fully experience the energizing and inspiring annual gathering of this international community of people working to help others create positive change in their lives.

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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:

Speakers

    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

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)

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