SMART Recovery’s online program and partner CheckUp & Choices is highlighted in the August issue of Parents Magazine. The important feature, Parenting with a Buzz: When Does Alcohol Become As Self-Care Become A Problem? examines the alcohol habits of today’s moms.
The CheckUp & Choices online program is scientifically proven to complement SMART Recovery meeting attendance, and help SMART moms achieve and maintain abstinence. For moms who are looking at their drinking for the first time, they can get started with the 40-minute CheckUp designed to improve self-awareness around alcohol use. The CheckUp can help moms:
- Clarify your relationship with alcohol, including its impact on your life and its risk
- Consider whether to change your drinking
- Determine whether stopping would be most useful
For moms who are ready to make changes, trying to get pregnant, or pregnant, the Abstain programs provide techniques and tools to help parents:
- Maintain motivation to change
- Set realistic goals
- Track drinking and urges
- Better manage urges and triggers
- Control thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Maximize chances of success
- Live a balanced life (to reduce relapse)
When it comes to alcohol use during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant,The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed a clear message that there is no safe amount, time or type of alcohol.
The SMART Recovery online program provided by CheckUp & Choices is confidential and convenient: the program works on all computers, tablets and mobile phones with internet access. This means moms on-the-go can stay in touch with their recovery around the clock.
Get started with CheckUp & Choices and Take your recovery with you…wherever you go!
CheckUp & Choices was developed by Dr. Reid Hester, Director of the Research Division of CheckUp & Choices, LLC and Director Emeritus of Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC. Dr. Hester is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive research and clinical expertise in helping people recover from heavy drinking and drug abuse.
Bravo to Parents Magazine, Dr. Hester, and SMART for this. Perhaps other magazines might be open to running articles of interest to other groups where drinking is prevalent or on the rise. In addition to Parents magazine, Meredith Corporation publishes Fortune (executives), Real Simple (practical solutions), and Health magazine. Note: They also publish Food & Wine, so kudos to them for an article about the “flip side” of wine! I’m also thinking of AARP (seniors) whose use of alcohol and drugs is increasing. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/health/alcohol-abuse-elderly.html