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2021 SMART Recovery National Conference Recap

The 2021 SMART Recovery National Conference was an opportunity to learn from those on the frontline of the addiction epidemic and how they are leading the future of recovery.

Welcome and Opening Remarks ~ Mark Ruth, Executive Director

Mark Ruth shares SMART’s accomplishments from 2021 and the vision for 2022.

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The Changing Face of Laws on Controlled Substances, & How that Impacts Treatment & Mutual Aid ~ Maia Szalavitz and Dr. Tom Horvath

Maia Szalavitz, author of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, and Dr. Tom Horvath, founder of SMART Recovery, discuss the changing face of laws on controlled substances and how that impacts treatment and mutual aid.

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Principles & Practices of Effective Behavior Change Therapies: A Novel Approach to Training ~ Dr. Molly Magill

Watch Dr. Magill’s informative analysis of new approaches to behavioral change therapies as they relate to addiction and recovery, and how SMART Recovery plays a part in them.

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Presentation of SMART Science and Gerstein Awards ~ Bill Greer and Dr. Joe Gerstein

Bill Greer, President, honors Pat Penn with this year’s Science Award and Joe Gerstein honors Dr. Bill Abbott with the Gerstein Award.

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Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Care ~ Dr. Billina Shaw

Watch Dr. Shaw’s eye-opening and informative analysis of how treatment for substance use disorders can be negatively affected by stigma, race, and ethnicity.

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Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the conference possible.