Posts Tagged ‘urges’

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery

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, [...]

“Am I Going Crazy?!”

PAWS: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome by Bill Abbott & Suzy W., SMART Recovery Meeting Facilitators Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) is something that perhaps unfortunately, we haven’t discussed much in SMART Recovery®. It is a not yet widely known problematic syndrome (syndrome is a medical term which describes a grouping of varying symptoms) of addiction recovery. [...]

4 Easy Tips for an Awesome Summer in Recovery

Enjoy Summer Without Getting Off Track For many people, summer is the best time of the year. Warm weather, days at the beach, vacations… What’s not to love? But when you’re in recovery, especially early recovery, the pool parties and vacations of summer can be major relapse triggers. Here are some tips for enjoying summer [...]

Rewiring Your Brain

Addiction recovery and your brain “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost . Imagine that you are standing at the edge of a dense forest. You want to go home, which is on the other side to the [...]

Teen & Youth Online Recovery Program

Self-Management for teens and youth Self-Management and Recovery Training for teens and youth is now being offered via the SMART Recovery website. The program includes strategies for dealing with peer pressure, coping with urges, managing emotional upsets, and more. SMART for Teens & Youth Non 12-step based Self-Management means you are in control Provides tools [...]


You Can Learn to Resist Urges “Self-control is what you build up, develop, create and learn by controlling your behavior repeatedly. ~Hank Robb Self-control is a skill. It’s not something you’re born with, it is something that requires work and practice. Have you ever said to yourself “I just don’t seem to have any self-control [...]

5 Tips to Enjoy a Sober Holiday Season

Addiction recovery during the Holidays by Richard Song The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people new to recovery. The number of challenges to your recovery can be daunting, between family gatherings, parties where alcohol is present, and emotional triggers such as stress and sadness related to past memories. You can build resistance [...]

5 Ways to Deal With Urges and Cravings

By Randy Lindel, Facilitator, SMART Recovery® Boston Read on for five (5) practical ideas on how to cope with urges and cravings after you have decided to abstain from drugs and alcohol. Cravings are normal Everyone who’s engaged in addictive behavior will experience uncomfortable cravings (“I want it badly”) and urges (“I have to do [...]

Take Control of Your Cravings

Take the First Step to Take Control of Your Cravings by Julie Myers, PsyD Cravings are controlled by a variety of brain chemicals, including norepinephrine, dopamine, and glutamate. Many people describe their cravings as coming out of nowhere, as if these chemicals pop into their brains and create cravings spontaneously. These chemicals and the manifestations [...]

Coping With Discomfort

An Exercise For Building Urge Busting Muscle Discomfort is a fact of life. It is especially a fact of life when you have strong urges to engage in addictive behavior and you resist them. Part of the SMART program includes tools to cope with urges – below we’ve included an exercise that may help you [...]

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