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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

Webinar: Helping Loved Ones Get Sober

Posted on March 17, 2015

Dr. Robert Meyers, and Dr. Jeffrey Foote discuss the “CRAFT approach”
Hosted by Dr. Tom Horvath, President, SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery announces a new Webinar on how the Family & Friends of those with addiction can help those they love, while remaining sane and safe.

The foremost experts in this field today, Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., creator of CRAFT and Jeffrey Foote, Ph.D., Director, Center for Motivation & Change  will join Tom Horvath, Ph.D., President of SMART Recovery to discuss “The CRAFT approach: How science, combined with compassion, can make a difference”.

As family members or friends, our intimate connection should make us natural allies. However, we often don’t know how to talk with each other or work together when it comes to the emotionally intense issue of addiction.

SMART believes that Family & Friends deserve high-quality, compassionate and optimistic support of their own. We know it is possible to get sober. We believe families are not powerless, that they can help, without becoming codependent, resorting to tough love or enabling. The tools of SMART and CRAFT work beautifully to encourage healthy, productive efforts towards an improved quality of life for all. SMART has been working to create a rich Family & Friends program that includes a vibrant online community, its own Handbook, and both online and face-to-face meetings. We invite you to learn more at http://www.smartrecovery.org/family

Meet the Presenters: Continue reading

Thirteen Tips for a Great 2013

Posted on December 11, 2012

Webinar 12/29/12: Thirteen Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever, with Dr. Bill Knaus
Live a “Want To” Life, Not a “Have To” Life
Saturday, December 29, 2012, 7-8pm ET

Tips for a Great New Year

A key component to maintaining motivation and sustaining addiction recovery is covered by the SMART Recovery® 4-Point Program®’s 4th point: Living a Balanced Life. Dr. Bill Knaus will present a live webinar on December 29: “Thirteen Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever”. Kick procrastination habits aside and make your life goals and plans come alive. Learn how to live a “want to” life, not a “have to” life.

This discussion will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery’s online voice chat rooms, on December 29, 7-8pm ET. Not sure what time that is in your part of the world? Please consult the World Time Server. Continue reading

Webinar: An Open Discussion on Faith & Reason

Posted on October 2, 2012

Online SMART Event: “Faith & Reason: Adversaries or Partners in Life?”
The Art of Living: An Exploration of Life Choices in Addiction Recovery
With Ed Garcia, CSW
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7am EDT
podcastFaith & Reason

Art of Living Series

We are pleased to announce that Ed Garcia will be returning for the third in our ongoing series of open discussions, The Art of Living.

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. ~ Blaise Pascal

Garcia states: “Faith has been defined as the belief that something is true, even if there is no evidence to support it, and even in spite of evidence to the contrary. What we will be exploring is the power that faith allows us to have, rather than the things that people tend to believe.

“I am a strong believer that learning is best achieved not by someone giving us answers, but rather by motivating us to think. In this series, for each event, I will present a quote that will stimulate your thinking. I will ask some questions about the quote, and through your responses, ideas will emerge that I hope each of us can use to paint our life canvas brighter and with more passion.”

This discussion will be hosted in The SMART Room – one of SMART Recovery’s online voice chat rooms, on October 13 at 7:00 a.m. EDT for one hour. Not sure what time that is in your part of the world? Please consult the World Clock.

To Attend: You must be a registered member of SMART Recovery Online (there is no charge to register). Please register in advance. Once registered, Continue reading

Combatting Procrastination

Posted on January 31, 2012

Understanding, Identifying and Correcting Procrastination Habits
Watch Part I
Watch Part II

procrastination One of the greatest traps for a person trying to overcome an addictive behavior is procrastination. SMART Recovery and Dr. Bill Knaus are pleased to jointly announce their new video presentation: Combatting Procrastination. The video is now available on SMART’s YouTube channel. The video presents introductory material and a model for understanding, identifying, and correcting damaging procrastination habits.

Psychotherapist Dr. Bill Knaus, renowned authority in the field of overcoming procrastination, joined SMART Recovery in July, 2011 to present an online procrastination workshop series — the first-ever of its kind. The workshop was adapted and condensed from his highly successful face-to-face workshops to suit an online audience.  Podcasts of the event are available. In that spirit of public service, SMART Recovery, and Dr. Knaus are pleased to announce a video presentation that captures the workshop in a different medium. We hope you enjoy it and find it useful. We look forward to continuing this series of videos and are grateful that Dr. Knaus is so generous in sharing his knowledge and talent.

Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D., is the author of over 20 books, including “Overcoming Procrastination”, which was co-authored with Dr. Albert Ellis. Knaus is a licensed clinical psychologist and former psychology professor. He has authored books on diverse topics in addition to procrastination where he is the top authority on corrective measures. He is known for his work in the cognitive revolution in psychotherapy and as one of the original directors of post-doctoral training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

To review and order Dr. Knaus’s books, see his FB page. He writes regularly on Psychology Today in his blog, Science and Sensibility.

For information on SMART Recovery’s program to support overcoming addiction, please visit our website.

Flip The Tables On Your Procrastination Wheedler

Posted on July 19, 2011

New Anti-Procrastination eBook & “Flip Technique” by Dr. Bill Knaus
Dee, SMART Recovery® Special Events Coordinator

ProcrastinationWorkBookDr. Bill Knaus, clinical psychologist and foremost expert in the field of procrastination, has joined with SMART Recovery® to produce the first-ever online Anti-Procrastination Mini-Workshop.

As the author of over 20 books, Dr. Knaus’s expertise is vast, in a variety of psychological areas. He has written five separate books on procrastination, including The Procrastination Workbook – a definitive handbook for working through procrastination issues in a step-by-step approach.

The workshop meetings address the many ties and complications that procrastination presents in the pursuit of freedom from addictive behavior, as well as in practically every area of our lives. Dr. Knaus examines the roots of procrastination, how to recognize it, and how to combat it.

This groundbreaking series introduces many new materials, some of which have not yet been published elsewhere.

SMART is grateful to Dr. Knaus for the time, efforts and cutting edge resources he is sharing with our community.

Beat the Wheedler: Introducing the “Flip Technique”

In a recent Psychology Today article, Dr. Knaus suggests visualizing the source of our procrastination thinking and impulses as an imaginary character, such as the Procrastination Wheedler. Continue reading