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From Ruined Opportunities to SMART Recovery: A Veteran’s Survival Story

In the United States Army, he was an E-4 Specialist with the 42 INF Div., serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  As a private person, Michael Hooper was a man struggling with alcohol abuse and depression.  He didn’t know where to get help until he called the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline.  From there Michael was introduced to SMART Recovery through the VA Hospital.  He knew from the first meeting it was “going to be a life changer,” but it wasn’t until a four-month intensive, inpatient program, that Michael realized how valuable the SMART Recovery program was for his survival.

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Changing the Game for Lake County’s LGBTQ Community

Growing up, Betty Jacobs knew her family and the community would not be open and accepting of her sexual orientation, so she hid her true identity.  She followed the “normal” route and got married and had children because being a mom was something she always wanted.  But there was more to Betty that people needed to know and she was finally ready to tell. Betty has used her story as motivation to change the game for the LGBTQ community in Lake County, Ohio.

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Build the Kind of Life You Don’t Want to Relapse From

Charles True has been building the kind of life he doesn’t want to relapse from for many years. His project work has taken him around the world including China, Russia, and the United Kingdom.  One of his most impactful projects is the InsideOut® program.  InsideOut is a cognitive-based therapy (CBT) program for substance abuse treatment (offender rehab) in correctional settings and is based around the 4-Point Program® of SMART Recovery.

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Stop. Be Present. Listen.  Why Motivational Interviewing is an Important Tool in Recovery with Dr. Molly Magill

Molly Magill’s interest in psychology and social work started in high school and grew into her passion and ultimately, her career.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and she earned her M.S.W and Ph.D. from Boston College.  Dr. Magill is an associate research professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University.  In 2019, Dr. Magill was awarded the Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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A Study of the Effectiveness of SMART Recovery with Dr. Sarah Zemore

The results speak for themselves. Alternative treatment programs are as effective as traditional 12-step programs for alcohol recovery.  These results have been identified thanks to Dr. Sarah Zemore’s 2018 research project, “A longitudinal study of the comparative efficacy of Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, SMART Recovery, and 12-step groups for those with AUD,” published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.   

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SMART Recovery: The ABCs of Recovery

Peter, SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for South Dakota, shares his life story with Adina Silvestri, EdD LPC, on her podcast, Atheists in Recovery.  You will hear how Peter’s existential crisis led him to embrace the joy in recovery and how he is now working to help others do the same.

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Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy, and Stigma

Words matter to Richard Saitz, M.D., who edits medical journals and publications for accuracy surrounding addiction terminology.

In this talk, borrowed from our collection of 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference presentations, Dr. Saitz discusses substance use disorders as health conditions; how language can promote stigma and affects policy and care; and the emergence of accurate, non-stigmatizing terminology.

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SMART Recovery Clarifies Position: Announces ‘Abstinence Oriented’ Recovery Support

Recently, the SMART Recovery USA Board made a minor but important change by replacing the term “abstinence-based” with “abstinence-oriented” in describing our approach to helping people. This is because people with opioid addiction are dying from overdoses when their “abstinence-based” treatment and recovery support preclude the use of opioid agonist medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine. A large part of the U.S. treatment and recovery support world continues to regard the use of these medications as “substituting one drug for another.”

SMART strongly opposes this position because these agonists help maintain tolerance to protect people from deadly overdoses when they relapse, which is common in opioid use recovery. This position is shared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Medical Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, World Health Organization, and many other prominent authorities worldwide.

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Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., “Support For A Loved One With Addiction”

    • Dr. Meyers speaks to the SMART community about an effective approach for influencing a loved one with addiction to seek treatment. Dr. Meyers is co-author of the book

“Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives To Nagging, Pleading and Threatening”

    • and the creator of the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to family treatment.

About CRAFT: CRAFT has been clinically tested and shown to be a highly effective alternative to Johnson Interventions.

Ed Garcia, M.A., “The Anatomy of Emotions”

Ed Garcia describes how we can manage emotions by focusing on and analyzing our thoughts and self-talk. We have the power to change self-defeating thoughts and self-talk, and Ed Garcia tells us how to do it.

About Ed Garcia: Licensed social worker and Former Director of Training of the Albert Ellis Institute


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