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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

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery

Posted on August 5, 2014

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery
Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery, on learning to gain control over urges

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery




Tom Horvath, Ph.D., a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), has been President of SMART Recovery® for well over a decade. He is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology (Division 50), the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists. He is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”). Continue reading

Goal: Lifestyle Balance

Posted on February 4, 2014

A fulfilling life is the ultimate goal of addiction recovery

“SMART’s purpose is to help individuals gain independence from
addictive behavior, and in so doing, recover (or develop) a fulfilling life.”


Lifestyle BalanceAs we gain independence from addictive behavior, or help others to do so, we need to remember that there is a greater goal: to live a good life. Recovery from addictive behavior sets the stage for the recovery of satisfactions and pleasures that were not possible while still engaged in addictive behavior.

The fourth point of the SMART® 4-Point Program® concerns lifestyle balance: “to balance momentary and enduring satisfactions.” Continue reading

2013 Volunteer Recognition

Posted on October 22, 2013

Annual Conference Recap

2013 Annual ConferenceThe 2013 SMART Annual Conference was held in San Diego this year, at the beautiful Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn. The conference was well attended with many states and many countries represented: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Scotland and the USA. Attendees included members of the Board of Directors — President Tom Horvath, Elaine Appel, Patrick Garnett, Joe Gerstein, Lorie Hammerstrom, Brett Saarela, Claire Saenz, and Shari Allwood, Executive Director.

Day 1:

Many attendees took advantage of the planned tour of the San Diego area in the afternoon. The official kick-off of the conference began in the evening with a pleasant light dinner, and the hysterically funny SMART Jeopardy game that has become a tradition. Gameplay was spirited and lively.

Day 2:

The following day included a packed schedule of presentations and discussions on recent research findings, mindfulness, regional and international SMART Recovery developments and tool updates. The afternoon was concluded with an address from Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery on future growth plans.

The highlight of the evening was a fabulous dinner provided by the Aton Center in San Diego. Conference attendees enjoyed socializing over appetizers on the deck overlooking the marina at the San Diego Bay Club, followed by dinner and the 2nd Annual SMART Recovery Community Awards Recognition Ceremony.

The evening ended with a brief award ceremony in which the following volunteers were recognized:

    2013 Volunteer of the Year: Jim Brastaad
    2013 Volunteer of the Year: Jill O’Neil

    2013 Leadership Award: Darren Ripley

    Joseph Gerstein Award for Exemplary Service: Long-term volunteer Dee Cloward was awarded the The Joseph Gerstein Award for Exemplary Service to SMART Recovery. This award was created in 2012 in honor of SMART Recovery’s Founding President, Dr. Joe Gerstein.

Day 3:

The final day of the conference started with an engaging and thought provoking presentation from Dr. David Saenz on Locus of Control and Empowerment, followed by facilitator presentations and a round table of questions and answers to a panel of Master Facilitators.

The was a valuable opportunity for SMARTies from all over the world to touch base in person to celebrate SMART, talk about the future and make new friends.

Said one attendee: “I didn’t know what to expect, but I was truly impressed by the quality and “meatiness” of the presentations and the friendliness, warmth and devotion of all the attendees I met. It was great to share and get the perspective of other SMART facilitators and the founders of SMART, which gave me a boost in enthusiasm and pride for what we do.”

Thank you

We appreciate the efforts of all who attended the 2013 conference and are already looking forward to the 2014 Conference.

We are grateful to our sponsors: Aton Center, Muscala Chemical Health Clinic, Practical Recovery, Prominence Treatment and Sunset Malibu, who made this conference possible.


Missed it?

Selected videos and slide-shows from the conference are available online.



Webinar: “Embracing Reality”

Posted on March 12, 2013

March 16, 2013, 3pm ET
A discussion with Dr. Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery

podcast

Unconditional Acceptance with Tom HorvathWEBINAR REGISTRATION

Embracing reality broadens and enriches our perspective and thus our options in life, freeing us to see clearly and make sound choices. And yet we continue to reject reality: “This is intolerable!” “I can’t stand this!” “It’s just not fair!” “They shouldn’t do this to me!”

Unconditional Acceptance

What is “unconditional acceptance” of self, others, and life? How can I “accept” unpleasant people and situations that I strongly dislike? Why should I, and is that even possible? What is the role of “unconditional acceptance” in addiction recovery?

Unconditional Acceptance of Self (USA), others, and life, is a core principle taught by SMART Recovery and is based on Dr. Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Continue reading

Dealing With Adversity

Posted on March 5, 2013

Can You Still Be Happy?
by Mary Russell, M.S.

AdversityBad things happen – there’s no way around it. Jobs are lost, relationships end, hearts are broken, people fall ill. Traditionally, REBT would encourage us to examine how we’re thinking about these situations. When we label things [in not so many words] as catastrophic we inevitably experience intensely debilitating emotions. Anger, depression, guilt, or anxiety can render us helpless when we tell ourselves that something is so awful we can’t possibly go on. If we can catch ourselves “catastrophizing” it can be helpful to examine the situation and decide if it is truly awful or if it’s more accurately unfortunate, sad, irritating, but merely part of life which is not always fair. While it certainly wouldn’t be realistic nor accurate to label our hardships as “no big deal,” a more accurate description of an adversity would certainly empower us to problem solve and cope in spite of difficult challenges.

But what about events that truly are (at the risk of committing REBT blasphemy)… HORRIBLE? To name a few, wars are fought, people die, natural disasters happen, and innocent people are abused. Sometimes it’s simply not appropriate or helpful to tell someone else or yourself that things “could be worse,” even if this is technically true.

It can be helpful to acknowledge the simple truth that “horrible” things happen and are unfortunately part of life. Continue reading