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Supporting Recovery Without Enabling

Posted on October 28, 2014

In Epidemics, Hippocrates said, “Make a habit of two things–to help, or at least to do no harm.” How can we apply that idea to helping family and friends with addictions?

When we care about individuals who are trying to overcome addictions, we often face dilemmas in how best to help them. For instance, if I help someone by providing money for some critical need, am I supporting recovery by preventing some degree of “disaster”? Or am I just shielding the person from negative consequences that might motivate lasting behavior change? The latter, of course, is AKA the E word: Enabling.  This article will identify some things to consider when you face that kind of decision.

What is support? I suggest that support, at its root, consists of two things: paying attention and active helping. I could pay attention to a friend who wants to quit smoking by listening to her talk about her cravings to smoke and how she copes with these cravings. I could actively help her by informing her of new tobacco cessation products (if she was unfamiliar with them). I could take her to a SMART Recovery® meeting (especially if she felt awkward going alone), or spend a non-smoking evening with her  (when her other options were to be alone or be with smokers).

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Overcoming Addictions – Recovery Web App

Posted on August 19, 2014

Scientifically Supported Recovery Option

Overcoming AddictionsLooking for a personalized, structured plan of attack for making positive changes in support of your addiction recovery?

Overcoming Addictions (OA) is a new alternative in the spectrum of recovery options. It is a confidential and interactive web app that can help you achieve and maintain abstinence from addictions.

OA is an abstinence-oriented, cognitive behavioral, internet application based on the program of SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is an organization that has adapted empirically supported treatment strategies for use in a mutual help framework with in-person meetings, online meetings, a forum, and other resources. Continue reading

Support for Family & Friends

Posted on January 7, 2014

Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening
Reviewed by Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.

Get Your Loved One SoberTo help people seeking sobriety for their loved ones, Get Your Loved One Sober offers a revolutionary program: The Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) intervention. The subtitle, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening more aptly describes what this book is about. Getting a loved one into treatment is not the first goal. Arranging for one’s own safety and finding a happier life independent of the drinker’s situation, takes priority. Getting a loved one to moderate, choose sobriety, or go into treatment, are offered as roads to a better relationship.

Still, CRAFT can boast phenomenal success getting people into treatment. An alternative to Al-Anon’s 12-Step tradition and “detachment” recommendations and the Johnson Institute’s confrontational interventions, the CRAFT program is based on non-confrontational behavioral principles like reinforcement. It gives the reader tools and instructions for changing their interactions with their loved ones, which in turn changes the loved one’s behavior. In repeated clinical trials, CRAFT proved twice as likely as the Johnson Intervention and six times as likely as Al-Anon to get loved ones into treatment.

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Webinar: Help for Family & Friends

Posted on July 30, 2013

Dr. Robert J. Meyers, Creator of CRAFT and author of Get Your Loved One Sober
Wednesday July 31 2013, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

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Supporting a Loved One with an AddictionSMART Recovery and Dr. Meyers are pleased to offer information and support to the family and friends of those with addictive issues. It is possible for family and friends to learn effective ways to support a loved one toward recovery in a non-confrontational, positive manner — without nagging, pleading or threatening.

Dr. Meyers is co-creator of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach which provides a foundation for SMART’s program for Family & Friends. He is co-author of the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening, an important resource used by SMART Recovery for Family & Friends.

CRAFT is a groundbreaking, effective approach directly in line with SMART’s own evidence-based tools and strategies for helping those with addiction. CRAFT provides a practical, compassionate framework for building positive family interactions and influencing people to get help for their addictive issues and build rich and meaningful lives.

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Dr. Meyers

Dr. Meyers has been prominent in the addiction field for 37 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology Continue reading

Webinar: Tracking Your Progress

Posted on April 30, 2013

“Checklists for Recovery” with CBT Founder
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. and Julie Myers, Psy.D.

Friday, May 10, 2013
5:00 pm EDT
Webinar
podcast
 

Checklist for Addiction Recovery The SMART Recovery approach to addiction recovery is based on SELF-Management. Effective management includes measuring progress. What better way to assess your personal progress with the SMART tools than to use the newest addition to the SMART Recovery toolbox, the Activities Self-Assessment Checklist.

SMART Recovery will host a webinar featuring Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. and Julie Myers, Psy.D. on May 10, 2013 at 5 pm EDT.  They will be discussing how checklists, such as the SMART Recovery Activities Self-Assessment (SRAS), can be used by participants, facilitators, and professionals to help guide and assess the recovery process. Dr. Meichenbaum, one of the founders of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), will be sharing with the audience his extensive knowledge and experience with such checklists in both self-help and therapy settings. 

The Activities Self-Assessment Checklist, designed by Dr. Myers and Dr. Meichenbaum, specifically for use by members of SMART Recovery, is a practical and effective tool for navigating through the addiction recovery change process.  Two versions of the recently updated checklist (one for participants and one for professionals) are available on the SMART Recovery website .
 
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The webinar will be recorded and may be made available on SMART Recovery’s podcast site. . 

SMART Recovery is pleased to offer free webinars on topics of interest as a public service. Please share with your friends, family and colleagues. 


 Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada from which he took early retirement 17 years ago to become the Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami: www.melissaInstitute.org. He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In a survey of clinicians, Dr Meichenbaum was voted ” one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” Dr.Meichenbaum recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. He has published extensively. His most recent book is Roadmap to Resilience www.roadmaptoresilience.org.

Julie Myers, Psy.D., MSCPJulie Myers, Psy.D., MSCP is a clinical Psychologist in San Diego, specializes in teaching self-regulatory strategies for coping with addictive behaviors, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. She is a Master Addiction Counselor, holds a Postdoctoral Masters Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology, and serves on the California Psychological Association, Psychopharmacology Division Board. Dr. Myers has been a long-time contributor to SMART Recovery and is the co-author with Dr. Meichenbaum of the SMART Recovery Activities Scale (SRAS). You can find her blog and other helpful resources on her website: www.DrJulieMyers.com.  
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Dealing With Negative Emotions

Posted on April 23, 2013

No Complaining
by Mary Russell, M.S.

Complaining

When you hear the word “complaining” you probably have some sort of negative reaction. It probably conjures up images of people in your life who whine or routinely throw themselves pity parties but don’t do anything to improve their circumstances. What you may be less likely to think of are the times when you yourself were the whiner. So why might that be? I’ll be the first to admit out loud the dirty little secret many of us hold…

Complaining often feels VERY GOOD

No one likes being faced with difficult situations but when we are, our natural reaction may be to seek support from others. We may search for validation and compassion to help soothe ourselves in our times of need. Complaining is an excellent way of garnering such attention. When we whine, people pay attention – see how well it works for babies? But the big difference between a whining infant and ourselves is that – luckily – we are capable of changing and improving our circumstances! Continue reading