Tag Archives: Michael Edelstein

Am I Powerless or Powerful?

Posted on August 17, 2015

by Jean Greer McCarthy

Jean Greer McCarthy is a blogger, podcast host and recovery advocate from Alberta, Canada. She is the author of unpickledblog.com, a regular contributor to addiction.com, and co-host of The Bubble Hour podcast.The concept of powerlessness was perplexing as I contemplated life without alcohol. I was in the awful back and forth of failed attempts, beginning each morning with a vow that “this would be the day” and deciding firmly in late afternoon that due to circumstances x, y or z, it was essential to continue drinking.

The online evaluations I frequented assured me that my drinking pattern was problematic, yet the only solution I knew of seemed to disqualify me with it’s first “step” of declaring powerlessness. I felt there was still a glimmer of empowerment in the decision I made each day, even though it was a decision to drink. Continue reading

An Interview with Dr. Michael R. Edelstein: Cognitive Tools for Fighting Addiction and Beyond

Posted on June 16, 2015

SMART EdelsteinpicRecovery® is delighted to announce a new SMART Special Events Webinar: An Interview with Dr. Michael R. Edelstein: Cognitive Tools for Fighting Addiction and Beyond.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 5:00 PM, EDT.

Register here: www.smartrecovery.org/events
 

This free webinar is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Lucida Treatment Center of Lantana, Florida.

The focus will be on how using simple evidence-based tools from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that can help anyone, not just those struggling with addiction. SMART focuses its application of these tools on addictive behavior, specifically, but we can use those same tools to help us learn to better cope with underlying issues – stress, worry, anger, anxiety – and free us to create and enjoy the lives we want. Continue reading

Having Trouble “Staying Stopped”?

Posted on January 13, 2015

Refuting Your Excuses
by Brad Lyman and Michael Edelstein, Ph.D.

“It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” ~Mark Twain

Excuses Stopping? Easy. “Staying stopped?” Not so much.

Have you ever had thoughts like these?:

“I can start tomorrow”, “I really need a drink”, “I’m too tired”, “I’ll just have one”, “This is how I have fun with my friends, it’s not hurting anybody,” “It’s too hard to quit.”

“Excuses” are statements we sometimes make to ourselves that make our addictive behavior seem reasonable.

In other words, we use excuses to justify behavior that we know is harmful. These excuses are destructive. They block, interfere, or sabotage our goals of addiction recovery and more. We may be so practiced in thinking these excuses that they have become automatic. We may not even be aware that we’re making these excuses unless we pay close attention to our thoughts.

“Refutations” are statements that disprove or weaken an “excuse.”

“Refuting Your Excuses” is an exercise for learning to pay attention to our habitual excuses and to evaluate them logically. Is the excuse true? Does it make good sense? Is it helpful?

How to Refute an Excuse:

1. For a recurring or current excuse you use, Continue reading

Webinar: How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson

Posted on April 8, 2014

April 12, 2014, 12:00 noon (edt)
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Webinar Dr. Michael R. Edelstein, author of Three Minute Therapy will present “How to Overcome Addictions in One Lesson” on Saturday, April 12 2014 at 12:00 noon edt.

This webinar is designed to be helpful for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm — substance-related or not. Bring your questions! We think you’ll find, as one book reviewer noted, that: “Michael Edelstein cuts through the psychological jargon and makes clear how all of us can effect powerful changes in our psyches, in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.”

Advance registration is required for this event. Please visit www.smartrecovery.org/events.

WebinarDr. Michael R. Edelstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience and has a private practice in San Francisco, offering in-person as well as telephone/Skype sessions. He is famous as the author of Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, with David Ramsay Steele, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems. Most recently, he published Stage Fright, with Mick Berry, Therapy Breakthrough: Why Some Psychotherapies Work Better Than Others, with Richard Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele, and Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol, with Will Ross. He is a long-standing SMART Recovery Volunteer. 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)

Continue reading